A is for Adventure

Welcome to Kingfisher Barn and the Stour Valley Local Nature Reserve. This award winning, riverside nature reserve is part of an exciting adventure. Bournemouth Borough Council and the RSPB are working together to make 14km of the River Stour Valley,[…]


B is for Butterfly

Beautiful Butterflies With wild flower filled riverbanks and hedgerows, the Stour Valley is a great place to spot butterflies. Within just 3 km of Kingfisher Barn, we’ve found more than 25 different species of butterfly. 1 2 3 4 1[…]


C is for Cattle

Nature's Lawn Mooowers Our rare breed of cattle are important members of the nature reserve management team. The way cattle graze, by grasping tufts of grass with their tongue, creates a  grassland mosaic of short turf and patches of taller[…]


D is for Dragons and Damsels

The River Stour is one of the best places in Dorset to see dragonflies and damselflies. Dragonflies and damselflies spend the first years of their lives as nymphs, in rivers and ponds. In spring they climb the stems of waterside[…]


E is for Elephants

There are ELEPHANTS in the room can you see them? There are 2,500 species of moth in the UK, how many have you seen? 1 2 3 4 Elephant Hawk Moth and Small Elephant Hawk Moth Named after their large[…]


F is for fishing

Gone Fishing! What could you catch in the River Stour?   Salmon Since 2011 Salmon have been returning to the River Stour to spawn thanks to improvements in water quality and the creation of gravel spawning beds by the Environment[…]


G is for Gulliver

The King of Smugglers   Isaac Gulliver (1745-1822), a notorious local smuggler, illegally traded in spirits, wine, tea, silk and lace alongside his business as an inn keeper. His gang disguised themselves by powdering their hair and became known as[…]


H is for Hotel

Homes for Heroes Bug Hotels provide ideal homes for tiny wildlife heroes Insects and mini-beasts are vital to the natural cycles that take place in the countryside and in our gardens. They pollinate the crops we eat and break down[…]


I is for I spy

The natural world is full of surprises! Sometimes you need to look carefully to spot them. 1 2 What's this hummingbird hawk moth doing?   Look closely and you can see its long proboscis, or tube-like tongue, drinking nectar from[…]


J is for Jane Hicks

Jane Hicks Diary In the mid 1800s Jane Hicks lived with her husband, Richard, and their children at nearby Hicks Farm. They set up a small dairy farm and sold their butter and eggs in local towns.  After the birth[…]