This riverside local nature reserve was our first to be awarded a Green Flag
You can find Stour Valley on the north-west edge of Bournemouth. A ranger team is based there, at Kingfisher Barn, near Granby Road car park. The reserve still has its Green Flag and includes a two mile stretch of riverside footpath, meadows, hedgerows and woodland.
There is an arboretum filled with interesting trees, which are labelled and form part of a trail. As well as the beautiful scenery you can see lots of wildlife, including kingfishers and sometimes even otters.
You might also spot one of the grazing animals that we use to help us manage the habitats in an environmentally friendly way. Find out more about how we care for our natural spaces by reading our management plan.
There are occasional guided walks throughout the year. Use our map to find out where Stour valley and our other parks and nature reserves are. Visit our Facebook page for updates.
Discover the new Visitor Centre
Our new Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre is the gateway to the Stour Valley Nature Reserve. The Visitor Centre is next to the car park at Granby Road (the postcode is BH9 3NZ).
Kingfisher Barn opened in May 2016 and is run in a partnership between Bournemouth Borough Council and the RSPB.
There is a classroom inside the centre, along with an interpretation area, which helps you to discover the Stour Valley Nature Reserve and all of it's wonderful flaura and fauna.
Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre opens Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 4pm, plus every day during half term.
The Wildlife Garden
The Wildlife Garden is just outside the Centre, and includes a wildlife pond, bug hotels and willow sculpture. Keep an eye open for a new wildflower area being developed at the moment.
Things to do
This beautiful three-mile stretch of river, with woodland and meadows, is the setting for nature walks, river and pond dipping, and a wild art club to name just a few of the events and activities.
Check the listings in this leaflet for details of all the events taking place, or find out more on Facebook or on Instagram or call 01202 451548.
We look forward very much to welcoming you!
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