Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre opened in May 2016 in a partnership between BCP Council and the Parks Foundation. We host activities and events to raise awareness and understanding about the area's wildlife and cultural heritage.
Come on in!
Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre is located just off Muscliffe Lane, Bournemouth. You can use the car park at Granby Road. Find out how to get here.
When you arrive at the Barn, come through the gate and into the wildlife garden. Well-behaved dogs are allowed in the garden, on a lead, but only service dogs can come into the centre itself.
The Visitor Centre hosts a variety of activities for all ages, and is the starting point for a range of wildlife encounters, from excited children pond dipping, to leisurely guided river walks.
Visit our news page to find out what's happening, or take a look at our Facebook page.
Alongside our A-Z exhibition, we have a small cafe offering a selection of refreshments, including hot/cold drinks, cakes and ice creams - so why not relax and enjoy a cuppa in our garden?
Amazing volunteers help to run our cafe, with the money raised helping to support our parks and nature reserves through the local charity Parks Foundation.
So please come and enjoy a cup of tea knowing the proceeds will be invested in projects both at Stour Valley and across Bournemouth’s parks. Profits from the café are currently supporting a bursary for trainee rangers at the Barn – why not say hi to them while you’re enjoying some yummy cake?!
Wooden benches and play
Thanks to the fundraising work of our Stour Valley supporters, we received Green Goals funding to supply two wildlife wooden benches - one was river themed and the second shows meadow creatures (two of the main habitats found at the Stour Valley local nature reserve).
Funds were also used to create a 'subterranean' play tunnel depicting a variety of animals that live underground. Come on in and play!