Stour Valley Local Nature Reserve

A riverside walk along the Stour in the northen suburbs of Bournemouth

 

Site Name Stour Valley Local Nature Reserve
Protection
  • BCP Council
  • Local Nature Reserve
Interest
3
County Dorset
More Information https://designatedsites.naturalengland.org.uk/SiteLNRDetail.aspx?SiteCode=L1009…
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Stour Valley Local Nature Reserve

Stour Valley Nature Reserve: popular but pleasant -

Stour Valley local nature reserve is, primarily, a longish stretch of the south bank of the river Stour in Northbourne. It can be accessed from several places but I chose to enter from the service road by Cherry Tree Nursery as it was easy to find. The down side to this is you have to walk alongside the sewage works for a while which is not that pleasant scent wise! On the plus side, this access point takes you across some grassy meadows that you might otherwise miss from other entrances.

Being near a substantial number of houses in a suburb of Bournemouth this riverside walk is very popular with the local dog owners but, I have to say, that on my visit I saw very little trace of dog mess despite seeing countless dogs. That said, lots of dogs along the bank and in the river is inevitably going to cause a lot of disturbance to wild animals, especially birds, and so this does diminish the value of a visit somewhat. I suspect you will hardly ever see the birds that the information board indicates may be present!

A very popular spot perhaps but, none the less, a pleasant walk; I enjoyed it. The footpath along the riverside is wheelchair friendly.    

Stour Valley Local Nature Reserve

50.771105177217, -1.8822438469039
BCP Council, Local Nature Reserve
3
This table indicates how many species of each of five interest levels there are on this site. 100% are highly interesting species whereas 20% are common species that are of no specific interest. Click/tap an intetest level to see the species for that interest level:
Species Interest Level No of Species
100% 1
80% 3
60% 3
40% 18
20% 77
Site Notables
The number of species recorded per species group:
This is the number of species recorded on this site grouped by the Phase 1 habitat classification they are often associated with. It gives an overview of the type of habitats that MAY occur on this site. Click/tap a classification to see greater detail of the composition of habitat types within this class:
Phase 1 Habitat Classification No of Species
B: Grassland 28
A: Woodland 21
H: Coastal 18
J: Brownfield 13
F: Water Margin 11
E: Bog and Fen 8
D: Heath 7
C: Upland Habitats 6
G: Fresh Water 2
Site Diary
Diary Date Notes Project Click for records and photos
25-06-13

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