Dorset's "scout" island tops poll

Brownsea Island has been named the UK's favourite nature reserve.

The island near Poole in Dorset, which hosted Lord Baden Powell's first Scout camp in 1907, came top of a poll, beating the likes of Sherwood Forest.

"Scout island" is UK's favourite reserve

Brownsea Island Credit: PA

Brownsea Island, in Poole harbour, has been named the UK's favourite nature reserve.

The island near Poole in Dorset, which hosted Lord Baden Powell's first Scout camp in 1907, came top of a vote, beating Sherwood Forest and the Farne Islands in Northumberland.

The jetty, Brownsea Island Credit: PA

In May, the National Trust-owned island, which has become a haven for red squirrels, celebrated 50 years as a nature conservation area.

Accessed by boat from Poole, the 500-acre island was gifted to the National Trust by its reclusive former owner Mary Bonham-Christie in 1962.

Scout centenary in 2007 Credit: PA

In 2007 it hosted the centenary celebrations of the world Scout movement.