Stour Valley

This riverside local nature reserve was our first to be awarded a Green Flag. Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre was opened in 2016.

Stour Valley Nature Reserve is on the north-west edge of Bournemouth.  A ranger team is based there, at Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre, 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 guided walks and a busy events programme throughout the year.  Use our map to find out where Stour valley and our other parks and nature reserves are. Visit our Facebook page or our website for updates. 

Discover the Visitor Centre

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 BCP Council and the Parks Foundation.

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 its wonderful flora and fauna.

Opening Times

Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre is open daily 10am - 4pm, and until 5pm during the summer. We are closed on Mondays in Winter, and on Christmas Day. Please check our website for the latest opening information, and check before travelling.

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.

There is a map in our leaflet showing three popular walks - we recommend you stop into the centre before you start and discover what wildlife you might see on the day!

Check the listings on the website for details of all the events taking place, or find out more on Facebook or on Instagram or call 01202 128484.

We look forward to welcoming you!

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