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Name of Location Brownsea Island Highlights Over-wintering birds, Dragonflies and damselflies, Views, Migrating Birds, Family outings Diversity Very High (over 200 species) Facilities
- Entrance charges apply
- Manned visitor centre
- Cafe on site
- Toilets on site
- Picnic area
- Viewing hides and shelters
- Seats around the site
- Signed routes and trails
- Well made paths
- Guided walks and events
OS Map Reference SZ028878Ten Top Species: Species Scientific Name Status Record Date Interest Level Red Squirrel Sciurus vulgaris Several 14/07/20165 Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus Several 01/10/20154 Great Northern Diver Gavia immer In Poole harbour 10/09/20134 Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus Several 01/10/20154 Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia Numerous 01/10/20154 Wild Service-tree Sorbus torminalis Present 10/09/20134 Water Vole Arvicola terrestris See reserve website4 Tutsan Hypericum androsaemum Scarce 14/07/20164 Great Sundew Drosera anglica Rare 14/07/20164 Firecrest Regulus ignicapilla Present 01/10/20154 Habitat(s) Extent Comment W3: Mixed Woodland Partial Conifers have been planted here but there are also broad-leaf trees amongst them FL: Lakes and reservoirs Minority A lake made during mineral extraction sits in the centre of the reserve FF: Fen and carr Partial There is an excellent example of fen and carr within the reserve CL: Saline Lagoon Significant The saline lagoon forms a significant part of the Dorset Wildlife Trust reserve
This site is designated as an SSSI or is part of a larger SSSI. Here are the details:
SSSI Name Poole Harbour Primary Photo Description
Poole Harbour is one of the largest natural harbours in the world, a very high proportion of its area comprising intertidal marshes and mudflats. These, together with the permanent channels, support large numbers of wintering wildfowl and waders, for which Poole Harbour has national and international significance. Fringing habitats of heathland, grassland and the islands provide additional interests, in turn supporting further scarce and restricted flora and fauna. Several rare marine invertebrates also occur within the harbour.
Interest Biological Status Now Featured on NoD My Notes Poole Harbour is internationally important for birds and for wildlife as a whole so no wonder it is an SSSI.