Stour Valley Local Nature Reserve

A green oasis on the north-west of Bournemouth

Site Details
Near

Bournemouth

 

Butterfly species include

There are not real rarities here, but a good place to see a range of species, including:

  • Essex Skipper - possibly
  • Large and Small Skipper
  • Large, Small and Green-veined White
  • Orange Tip - best site in East Dorset
  • Red Admiral
  • Small Tortoiseshell
  • Peacock
  • Comma - best site in East Dorset
  • Speckled Wood
  • Gatekeeper
  • Meadow Brown
Speckled Wood
Moth species -  
Other species

Birds

  • Kingfisher
  • Reed Warbler
  • Greater Spotted Woodpecker

Other

  • Dragonflies, including the very rare
    Scarce Chaser (Libellula fulva)
  • Otters
  • Grass snakes
 
Habitat type/features

Two miles of riverside footpath, as well as meadows, hedgerows and woodland.

 
Location

The following instructions are taken from Bournemouth Borough's website and the grid references added by looking at a map, so please treat them as approximate.

  • The site is situated on the northern edge of Bournemouth, and can be accessed from a number of points.
  • There is a free car park in Granby Road, just off Muscliffe Lane.
    Grid Ref SZ 096/958
  • There is also a small car park at the end of Brecon Close, off New Road.
    Grid Ref SZ 081/967
  • There is also access from the service road off Northbourne roundabout, that leads to Cherry Tree Nursery and the sewage treatment works.
    Grid Ref SZ 083/964
  • The ‘Wheels Along The Stour’ project means that there is now wheelchair access along the river for a major stretch of the reserve, from Granby Road all the way up to Brecon Close.
 
Owned by

Bournemouth Borough Council

 

 

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