Visit to Brownsea Island
The Men of Pitton have organised a visit to Brownsea Island today.
Brownsea Island is a National Trust property and further details can be found at http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brownsea-island/
The general plan is to travel by car (volunteer drivers please), leaving John Veck’s at 8.45 am, to Poole Quay and park in an adjacent multi-storey car park ( about £5 per day).
Then to catch the 10.30 am ferry to Brownsea Island ( cost £9.50 return). The outward ferry takes about 20 minutes but the return journey includes a trip around the islands in Poole Harbour and takes about 40 minutes.
There are half hourly ferries so return times can be flexible.
Below is an extract from the National Website giving basic information.
“Peaceful island, famous for being the birthplace of Scouting and Guiding
Brownsea Island is dramatically locted in Poole Harbour, with spectacular views across to the Purbeck Hills.
Thriving natural habitats – including woodland, heathland and a lagoon – create a haven for wildlife, such as the rare red squirrel and a wide variety of birds, including dunlin, kingfishers, common and sandwich terns and oystercatchers.
Visitors will be fascinated by the island’s rich history, for as well as boasting daffodil farming and pottery works, it was the birthplace of the Scouting and Guiding movement.
The Baden-Powell Outdoor Centre invites you to follow in the footsteps of Lord Baden-Powell and the very first Scouts who camped here in 1907.
So whether you love wildlife or just want to escape from the stresses of modern life, Brownsea is the perfect place to explore and enjoy throughout the year.”
There is a separate wild life centre on the Island which costs £2 to enter.
The property is a National Trust site so Members can enter free but for non Members the entry cost is about £6.
There is a typical National Trust Cafe available where we can be fed and watered ( including bottled beer).
Please reply direct to myself at Roy@Forder.ndo.co.uk if you would like to come along (by 8th May please)
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