K is for Kingfisher

Kingfishers Look out for Kingfishers as you explore the River Stour 1 2 6 Kingfisher facts 1. Kingfishers have brown feathers The bright blue colour you see is the result of light striking specially modified cells in the feathers on[…]


L is for Labradors

Labrador   Did you know that Labrador dogs were first bred in England at nearby Hurn Court?   The 2nd Earl of Malmesbury (1778-1841), who lived at Heron Court (Hurn Court), imported two pairs of ‘St John’s Dogs’ from Newfoundland[…]


M is for Milling

The River Stour was once an important source of energy. Throop Mill Its gushing water kept waterwheels turning and mills grinding flour for 900 years. Throop Mill stands on the site of older watermills. One was recorded there in the[…]


N is for Nature

Nature There are lots of places along the River Stour for you to explore and discover nature. In fact the River Stour is one of the best places in Bournemouth to look for wildlife because there’s such a variety of[…]


O is for Otters and Owls

Hug an owl at Kingfisher Barn 1 2 3 4 5 Otters return to the River Stour A very welcome return of otters to the River Stour is due to improved water quality and an increase in fish numbers.  These shy,[…]


P is for Pascoe Marshall

Pascoe Marshall Pascoe was born in Redhill in 1886. He was one of eleven children and recorded his memories of family life in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.   In 1903 he joined his family in establishing Marshall’s[…]


R is for Redhill Man

R is for Redhill Man  The Gruesome Discovery On 4th January 1975, an angler, fishing in the River Stour nearby at Redhill, noticed a human skull staring up at him from the reeds. He called the police. The skull was[…]


S is for Stour

1 2 3 'The Stour' Extracts of a poem by Steve Charnley From a spring I am born, a Mere trickle at first, I emerge from the ground with a glug and a burst, My waters are launched, my life[…]


T is for Trade

Trade 2,000 years ago, in the late Iron Age, the River Stour was an important trade route. Downstream, on the north beach of Hengistbury Head, stood a busy port. Sailing boats arrived from the Roman Empire bringing exotic goods, such[…]