My second trip to the island, but this time in a different season. Last time was a summer visit, this time a cold Autumn day! Actually, if you are going to see the red squirrels (and there are quite a few) we were assured by an expert that Autumn is the best time to go. The tree colours were of course better than the summer. Ferry takes a more scenic route on the return, with a commentary on the islands in Poole Harbour. I found this interesting and a chance to see how the other half lives (some of the islands are owned by millionaires). You have to pay for the ferry seperately from the National Trust fee for the island, but money well spent. There is a nice cafe and souvenir shop near the jetty. There are "guides" (this time of year, twice a day) that take you to where you are most likely to see the squirrels and explain their habits/diet etc and best of all are free! Unlike the summer you want sensible footwear, as it is likely to wet in places, however the tracks are well maintained, so even trainers will suffice (not stilettos or platforms!). Although less waterbirds than my summer visit, there will still a lot to see and a chance in the "hides" to get close to such as Avocets.
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