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Brownsea Island
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Brownsea Island

Latitude: 50° 41'N
Longitude: 01° 57'W
Country: England

Ownership: The National Trust
Type: Private
Usage: Leisure, Ferry Terminal
Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/...ERTYID=293

About Brownsea Island

Ferry boats run daily from Poole Quay (20 minute journey out, 35 minutes back); Sandbanks (10 minute crossing); Bournemouth Pier (25 minute journey); and Swanage.

The island's varied and colourful history includes use as a coastguard station, pottery manufacture, a country estate, daffodil farm and as a decoy to protect Poole in the Second World War. In 1907 it was the site of Baden-Powell's experimental camp from which Scouting and Guiding evolved. It is also home to important populations of red squirrel and seabirds. The island provides a safe and relaxing place for walks and picnics, ideal for families to explore.

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