News - Stour Valley Local Nature Reserve Project now Underway

NEW - Thursday, 26th February 2015

NEW - Thursday, 26th February 2015

Stour Valley Local Nature Reserve Project

A long awaited project to improve the Stour Valley Local Nature Reserve is now underway. The Bournemouth Parks Countryside Team have joined forces with the RSPB to make a real difference along the Stour by providing educational and fun activities for all the family.

Together the Parks and the RSPB are applying for a Heritage Lottery Fund bid to get local people and organisations involved along the Stour particularly between Throop Mill and Millhams. Activities will include walks and talks, getting to know the wildlife on your doorstep, researching the past cultural traditions and people that have shaped the landscape, play for children and above all promoting the area as a place for improving our health and well-being by being active and involved.

One of the first projects will be the creation of a wildlife garden adjacent to the Barn just off Granby Road. Volunteers will be needed to plant hedges, create a pond and sow wildflowers. For those who prefer less activity and are interested in nostalgia we would welcome your memories, either written, photographic or as audio testimonies to show what life used to be like in the earlier part of the 20th century. We would like to build an archive of memories for our children and grandchildren to explore and this will held at the Stour Valley Barn. In addition we are installing wildlife cameras in a nest box and on a feeder to bring live pictures back to the barn (just like the BBC Spring Watch).

To accommodate the memories’ archive, an exhibition of the amazing river wildlife and the wildlife cameras we will be making some very modest changes to the Barn which will also, in turn, make it much more welcoming to the local community.

If you would like to be involved please follow the Stour Valley Ranger Team on Facebook www.facebook.com/stourvalleynature or contact the Ranger Team on 01202 535140.