Hidden Riverside Gem

Tucked away in BH9, hidden gem Kingfisher Barn provides a 'Gateway to the Stour'

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Since it's opening in May 2016, the new visitor centre has hosted a variety of activities for all ages. It has been the starting point for a range of wildlife encounters, from excited children pond dipping, to leisurely guided river walks.  

The Stour Valley Supporters applied for two grants through the Green Goals to fund improvement to the wildlife garden at the Kingfisher Barn. Both bids were successful.

The first was to supply two wildlife wooden benches. One was river themed and the second shows meadow creatures (two of the main habitats found at the Stour Valley local nature reserve). 

Funds were also used to create a 'subterranean ' play tunnel depicting a variety of animals that live underground. The Green Goals team visited the Kingfisher Barn in June to see what a difference the support was making.

Above photo: The Green Goals team present the Stour Valley Supporters with a cheque.


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Supporters making a difference

Senior ranger, Tom Bennett thanked both the Stour Valley Supporters group and the Green Goals team. "The benches and play tunnel will bring endless enjoyment to visitors here as well as showing what wildlife can be found on the Nature Reserve."

The RSPB is working in partnership with Bournemouth Parks at Stour Valley to run activities and events. These raise awareness and understanding about the area's wildlife and cultural heritage.

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Information and events

Find information here for planning a visit to the Stour Valley nature Reserve. Or follow Stour Valley LNR on facebook for the latest pictures, news and events. 


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