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Islands in Poole Harbour

View across to Brownsea Island

Poole Harbour is home to a total of eight islands, all of which are part of the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The five largest are listed below.

Brownsea Island is owned by the National Trust and is open to the public from  March to October.   

Furzey Island is home to a well hidden oil well and gathering station for Wytch Farm - Britain's largest onshore oil development, linked by pipeline to the refinery at Fawley. This island is also home to the red squirrel, which have been studied on Furzey since 1986. Annual trapping has shown that the population varies from 18 to 57 adults, on only 6ha of woodland. The thriving population is largely due to the excellent cone crops from the Scots pines on the island.

Long Island is a 31-acre island and is privately owned by a local individual.

Round Island is a 15 acre private property with a delightful mix of grassy paddocks and winding woodland paths. Situated in the sheltered western portion of Poole Harbour, the island is surrounded by beautiful views. There is a small sandy beach with shallow water, and also a pontoon with swinging moorings. Holiday cottages are available on the island, visit link will open in new window  for details.

Green Island is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Special Protection Area (SPA) and has featured on the archaeology programme Time Team. It covers approximately 45 acres at low tide and is covered in extensive woodland in the centre, made up of Scots pine with several small areas of heathland. There are two buildings on the island, helicopter landing pad, a private wooden jetty as well as a beach area. It is currently privately owned, having been put up for sale at an asking price of 2.5 million.

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