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In pictures: Viewing the island

Long Island, Poole Harbour

Long Island in Poole Harbour has gone on sale for the first time in 250 years, and is expected to sell for more than 1m.

Poole Harbour

The island is one of five in Poole Harbour, Dorset, the second largest natural harbour in the world.

Long Island, Poole Harbour

To reach Long Island, visitors have to travel by boat, or can take a one-hour journey from London by helicopter.

Using a Poole canoe to reach Long Island, Poole Harbour

Potential buyers arriving in luxury boats have been ferried ashore on flat-bottomed Poole canoes.

Long Island beach

The island boasts beaches, cliffs, heath land, salt marshes and both evergreen and deciduous woodland.

Long Island, Poole Harbour

Long Island attracts deer, foxes and small mammals from the mainland as well as sea, wading and woodland birds.

Plant life on Long Island, Poole Harbour

As a Site of Site of Special Scientific Interest, Long Island is protected by English Nature.

Long Island, Poole Harbour

The isolated location offers wide appeal to buyers, but uninvited visitors are known to use it at times.

Plant life on Long Island, Poole Harbour

There is a rich and diverse plant life because of the variety of habitats on the island.

Long Island beach

From Long Island you can see the Purbeck hills, the ruins of Corfe Castle, and the commercial port at Poole.

Long Island, Poole Harbour

The owners hope the prestige of owning an island will attract potential buyers to Poole Harbour.





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