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
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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
These are the habitat types that MAY be present on the site based on the species recorded there (top 10 only shown):
Phase 1 Habitat Types Description No of Species
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

13
B3

Calcareous Grassland

11
F2

Water Margin & Inundation Vegetation

11
A2

Scrub

10
J1

Cultivated/disturbed land

10
B2

Neutral Grassland

9
H6

Sand Dunes

9
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

8
B5

Marsh/marshy Grassland

8
F1

Swamp

8
These are the number of species for NVC codes on the site - it DOES NOT mean that the NVC community is actually present on the site: it might be! (Top 10 only shown):
NVC Community Description No of Species
W08

Fraxinus excelsior - Acer campestre - Mercurialis perennis [Ash/Field Maple/Dog's Mercury] woodland

19
W09

Fraxinus excelsior - Sorbus aucuparia - Mercurialis perennis [Ash/Rowan/Dog's Mercury] woodland

15
W10

Quercus robur - Pteridium aquilinum - Rubus fruticosus [Pedunculate Oak/Bracken/Bramble] woodland

13
W07

Alnus - Fraxinus - Lysimachia nemorum [Alder/Ash/Yellow Pimpernel] woodland

11
MG01

Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland

9
W21

Crataegus monogyna - Hedera helix [Hawthorn/Ivy] scrub

8
MG05

Cynosurus cristatus - Centaurea nigra [Crested Dogs-tail/Black knapweed] grassland

8
MG06

Lolium perenne - Cynosurus cristatus [Perennial ryegrass/Crested dog's tail] grassland

8
MG07

Lolium perenne [Perennial ryegrass] and related species grassland

8
W22

Prunus spinosa - Rubus fruticosus [Blackthorn/Bramble] scrub

6
Site Notables
Site Diary
Project:
Diary Date Sort descending Notes Project Click for records and photos
25-06-13

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The number of species recorded per species group: