Wildlife Bus
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Wildlife Bus

Would you like to meet the wildlife neighbours who are right on your doorstep? Then why not hop on our Wildlife Bus!

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Have you been on our wildlife bus?

Would you like to meet your wildlife neighbours who are right on your doorstep? Why not hop on our Wildlife Bus, tour around Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole learning facts about some amazing creatures and jump off at one of our parks or nature reserves to see the wildlife for yourself!

Did you know?

  • The painted lady butterfly makes an impressive migration from North Africa to theUK each year – that’s a round trip of 9,000 miles!
  • Our heathlands are home to all six of Britain’s native reptiles including the sand lizard, adder, smooth snake, grass snake, slow worm and common lizard. Have you ever spotted one of these in your garden?
  • Otters can be found at our Stour Valley Nature Reserve rearing their young in shelters called holts along the river bank. They normally come out at dusk or early morning, why not jump on the wildlife bus to see if you can spot them?
  • Male and female tawny owls make a different noise. Males call “hoohoo” and females call “kewick” creating the “T’wit T’woo” noise owls are famous for.
  • The kingfisher is actually a brown bird. The bright blue colour you see is the result of light striking specially modified cells in their feathers.

Visit our nature reserves across Bournemouth, Poole & Christchurch

Our nature reserves are packed full of fun walks, activities and adventures for you to discover. There really is something for everyone, from bird watching for beginners, to creative writing and pottery for adults, pond-dipping and arts & crafts activities for children. Visit our relevant websites to find out what’s happening at our Visitor Centres at Kingfisher Barn or Hengistbury Head.

More projects

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Pilot parks Park volunteers Pilot parks Find out more We're delivering an events programme and making improvements to Alexandra Park (Parkstone), Waterman's Park (Somerford) and Winton Recreation Ground Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre Wood sculpture of owl Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre Find out more The Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre is the gateway to the green flag award winning Stour Valley Nature Reserve. Future Parks project Bournemouth Gardens Future Parks project Find out more A pioneering project to find new ways to manage and fund open spaces across all of Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole's parks Winton Park Café Winton Rec Cafe Winton Park Café Find out more Our cafe in Winton Recreation Ground is a community hub focusing on nature-based activities. Serving home made cakes and delicious Eco Coffee it's definitely worth a vist! Contactless donation trial Stone age man contactless donation unit Contactless donation trial Find out more We're prototyping new contactless donation solutions in our parks Parks in Mind Gardening community Parks in Mind Find out more Parks in Mind provides fun nature conservation and other outdoor activities to help improves your heath and wellbeing Park Yoga Park Yoga Park Yoga Find out more Park Yoga is a free event running in Bournemouth's Central Gardens and the Stour Valley throughout the summer
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