Brownsea Island

An island in Poole Harbour cut off from 'civilisation' and is a delight to visit with its speciality, the red squirrel, one of the highlights.

 

Site Name Brownsea Island
Protection
  • Dorset Wildlife Trust
  • National Trust
  • National Nature Reserve
  • Site of Scientific Interest
Interest
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County Dorset
More Information https://www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/brownsea-island
SSSI https://designatedsites.naturalengland.org.uk/SiteDetail.aspx?SiteCode=S1002791…
Site Projects
Brownsea Island

Brownsea Island: yes, an island set in a brown sea -

Brownsea Island is a favourite place of mine; I just wish I could get there more often. It is lovely to be remote from the daily hustle and bustle, in a place where where you are is more important than what you are.  I was sat on the ferry waiting to cross to the island yesterday and it occurred to me for the first time, Brownsea Island, the island in the brown sea, and sure enough, despite the blue sky the water did look brown rather than blue! I had never thought of that before. It does not take long to figure out why this is of course. Poole harbour is very shallow and even at high tide the water is not very deep and so the dark brown mud influences the colour you see, after all, water is colourless. Also at high tide large areas of eel grass and spartina grass become submerged in water making for a brown effect on the water swamping it. So yes, Brownsea Island is an island set in a brown sea, it is aptly named.  

Brownsea Island

50.693500075565, -1.9598887379264
Dorset Wildlife Trust, National Trust, National Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
5
These are the habitat types that MAY be present on the site based on the species recorded there (top 10 only shown):
Phase 1 Habitat Types Description No of Species
D1

Dwarf Shrub Heath

20
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

15
B3

Calcareous Grassland

14
F2

Water Margin & Inundation Vegetation

13
H6

Sand Dunes

13
A2

Scrub

12
E3

Fen and carr

12
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

11
E2

Flush and Spring

10
J1

Cultivated/disturbed land

10
These are the number of species for NVC codes on the site - it DOES NOT mean that the NVC community is actually present on the site: it might be! (Top 10 only shown):
NVC Community Description No of Species
W10

Quercus robur - Pteridium aquilinum - Rubus fruticosus [Pedunculate Oak/Bracken/Bramble] woodland

21
W07

Alnus - Fraxinus - Lysimachia nemorum [Alder/Ash/Yellow Pimpernel] woodland

19
W09

Fraxinus excelsior - Sorbus aucuparia - Mercurialis perennis [Ash/Rowan/Dog's Mercury] woodland

18
W08

Fraxinus excelsior - Acer campestre - Mercurialis perennis [Ash/Field Maple/Dog's Mercury] woodland

17
M23

Juncus effusus - Galium palustre [Soft Rush/Marsh Bedstraw] rush pasture

14
W06

Alnus glutinosa - Urtica dioica [Alder/common nettle] woodland

11
M27

Filipendula ulmaria - Angelica sylvestris [Meadowsweet/Wild Angelica] mire

11
W04

Betula pubescens - Molinia caerulea [Downy Birch/Purple Moor Grass] woodland

10
M24

Molinia caerulea - Cirsium dissectum [Purple Moor Grass/Meadow Thistle] fen meadow

10
M25

Molinia caerulea - Potentilla erecta [Purple Moor Grass/Tormentil] mire

10
The number of species recorded per species group: