Brownsea Island is a nature reserve owned by the National Trust with nationally and internationally important populations of breeding and over-wintering birds and is one of a handful of sites where the red squirrel survives. The island is open to the public from 29 March - 26 October 2008. Ferries run from the Poole Quay and Sandbanks every half hour from 10 a.m. Visitors are welcome to land from their own boat between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. on the southern and western shores of the island. There is no landing allowed on the northern shores of the island due to important populations of birds and the eastern shores of the island are leased to John Lewis Partnership. There is no landing allowed at Brownsea Pier as there are ferries constantly using this area. When visitors land from their own boats we ask that they make their way to Visitor Reception to pay the entrance fee or show their National Trust membership cards for free entry. Please comply with the National Trust byelaws which are displayed on signs on the beaches. This includes no dogs, no bicycles and no fires or barbeques.