About 2½ km long and 1¼ km wide, Bronsea Island is located just within the entrance to Pool Harbor. The island is known from Scouting – it was this very place where Baden Powell (later Lord Baden Powell, founder of the scout-movement) in 1907 held an experimental camp with 20 boys. Today the island belongs to The National Trust and is still used by Scouts (boy and girls) to camp. I myslef stayed for one night at the island in 1986 (see small sign at signpost, picture below).
|The northern coast of the island is protected nature reserve and is
frequently visited by a great variety of coastal stilt walkers.
This island is also one out of two places in the UK where red squirrels live (the other site is the Isle of Wight). On other places the red squirrel is chased away by the stronger grey squirrel. Although this little creature is hard to see in Summer, in Fall it's a lot easier.
|1||The Quay & facilities|
|3||Public Hide & Entrance to Nature Reserve|
|4||St Mary's Church|
|5||Exit from Nature Reserve|
|6||Visitor Centre/Historic Carts|
|7||South Shore Steps to Beach|
|10||Rose Cottage Steps|
|12||South Shore Lodge|
|13||St Mark's Cottage|
|14||Scout Memorial Stone||19 Fire Tower|
|15||Scout Campsite||20 Freshwater Lakes (in Reserve)|
|16||Site of 19th century pottery||21 Horse Shelter|
|17||Pottery Pier||22 Beech Valley Lily Pond|
|18||Site of Maryland village||23 Remains of Vinery wall|
Click here for a map to print.
For more information see: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/places/brownsea/