Bournemouth Council

Countryside Sites

Other parts of Bournemouth that are great areas to spot wildlife and enjoy a mixture of countryside habitats

We have some lovely lesser known sites that are great places to visit.  If you enjoyed visiting our local nature reserves and are looking for somewhere new to go, why not visit one of our lesser known sites?

You could come on a Monday morning meander and join a hosted walk, or just explore without a guide.  The sites are all local and are home to lovely plants and wildlife.

Use our map to see where they are and try something new next time you fancy a breath of fresh air.

Kings park conservation area

The park is well known for its play areas, football and cricket pitches but did you know that just to the north-west of the park there is a conservation area?

Made up mainly of meadow and heathland there is also a small wooded area.  This site is a great haven for wildlife. In warmer weather you can spot common lizards and slowworms on the heath and there are lots of birds and insects too.

You can get to it through Kings park from either Ashley Road or Gloucester Road, the quickest way to get to the conservation area is from Harewood Avenue.  The site isn’t paved and is not suitable for wheelchairs.

Littledown common

The common runs from Kings park and finishes behind the Littledown sports centre, there’re playgrounds at either end.  The site has a good variety of plants and trees and is home to lots of birds and butterflies. 

You can get there through Harewood Avenue, Sevenoaks Drive or Chaseside. A hard surfaced path runs the length of the common and there is a separate cycle lane too.

Queens park

Surrounding the golf course there is one of the largest open spaces in Bournemouth with plenty of wildlife. So if you go for a walk here while people are playing golf just remember to pay attention to the signs around the course.

The area includes rough glass, woodland and a large pond which is home to water birds, damselflies and dragonflies.

You can get into the park from several points and there is one hard surfaced path that runs from Queens Park Avenue to Queens Park South Drive it which is suitable for wheelchair users.

Riverlands

This site is a large open space opposite the River Stour at Tuckton.  As well as the formal planting there are some lovely wildflowers in the meadowland which attract a variety of butterflies.

There are plenty of birds along the river as well as the usual water birds for the area you might even spot a kingfisher. 

You can get to the site through several points along Wick lane and a car park just passed Tuckton library. There are hard surfaced paths all along the site which are suitable for wheelchair users.

Sheepwash

This little area of green space on the River Stour is just to the east of the Tesco at Castle Lane.  There are small wooded areas and a meadow along the river.

There are lots of wildflowers and grasses which attract a number of butterfly species.  On the river itself you can see herons, egrets and kingfishers.  There is also a very shy otter which you might be lucky enough to see.

A cycle path crosses the area and is suitable for wheelchair users.

Strouden woods

This is an excellent site for nature spotting, it has some of the largest woodland areas in Bournemouth. There are many different types of tree and lots of excellent habitats for animals.

There are lots of birds including the smallest British bird, the goldcrest.  The woods and open spaces are equally popular with butterflies too.

You can get to the woods from several points around the area.  There is a cycle path and paved track which runs from Bradpole Road to Mallard Close and is suitable for wheelchair users.

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