visit the Bourne Stream
from the national SUDSnet group made the trip to the Bourne
Valley on Friday,
were waiting for confirmation, and we have it. Water Voles
have made a home of the new Bourne
Pools - and also further downstream in Coy Pond Gardens close
to Branksome Wood Road. Regrettably it's the recent
discovery and identification of a corpse that's led to this news
(perhaps killed by a cat), but with the milder weather we've
noticed 'live' bankside activity.
Voles are a Biodiversity Action Plan priority species. This
means it's receiving priority action at national level in order to
reverse its rapid population decline over the last 10 years,
brought about though habitat destruction and the spread of the
American Mink throughout England.
University's Andrew Brown will be working in the Bourne Valley
this summer, with a colleague from the Herpetological Conservation
Trust, collecting data on the status of Dorset's dragonflies.
is already familiar with the valley - he worked as a LIFE Project
warden during the summer of 2003.
of steps at Alderney Recreation Ground
of Poole recently installed a new 'safe route to school'
across Alderney Rec (since renamed
Bourne Valley Park) and onto heathland that is designated SSSI.
As mitigation for this new path English Nature have requested the
closure of the old stepped path leading down from Evering Avenue.
These works were completed in April and the area will be
encouraged to return to heath.
is due to the importance of our
English Nature requires compensation for the habitat lost by
creating the new path.
new path is of higher quality and easier to use than the steps
- for example for those using bicycles or pushchairs.
Pond Road Closure
a series of lengthy discussions the Borough of Poole closed Coy Pond Road
to through traffic on 3rd May.
move is intended to protect visitors to the scenic Coy Pond area
and make a safer link for users of the Bourne
Dean, Principal Engineer at Poole's Transportation Services said: "The decision to close the road was not an easy
one and the Council discussed the issue at three separate
committee meetings to be sure that all the objections had been
thoroughly considered. Even so, the committee felt that it was
important to be sure that the scheme has been beneficial, so they
will monitor the effects of the closure and will review the scheme
again after six months."