Since our formation in 1999, the Friends have helped Bournemouth Borough Council's Countryside Officer's manage Kinson Common, a Local Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest as Countryside Volunteers.


Our volunteer work

Litter -picking, guided walks,wildlife recording and monitoring the site for anti-social behaviour such as arson are part of our work as well as liasing with residents and visitors about any problems that may occur on site. We have also placed bird and bat boxes around the site and are also undertaking surveys of fungi and moths as well as planning other projects for future records.

In our Autumn/Winter work programme jobs such as scrub and gorse clearance are carried out.
New volunteers are always welcome!

Our partnership...

The Friends have a Committee of 5 members and hold quarterly meetings as well as our yearly AGM which is held at Pelhams Community Centre and open to all members.

Our group naturalist, George Dunkling takes guided walks  throughout the year
. (See our "Latest News" page for updates on dates etc..) and we record all we see...


Through very positive meetings with others involved in the partnership, such as...

Urban Heaths Partnership -Dorset Police- Dorset Fire &Rescue Service- North Bournemouth Crime Prevention Panel- Bournemouth Borough Council and the help of local Councillors we have seen initiatives being implemented which have resolved many of the issues concerning those who regularly use Kinson Common.





North Bournemouth



 (The Barn)




 Bournemouth Borough Council's Countryside Office
(Office hours)


Out of hours

Council Emergency Hotline


Police- Non emergency calls


Environment Agency- Stream pollution













Contact details-

Chair- 01202-570581

Vice-Chair- 01202-573148

 Treasurer- 01202- 573148

Secretary/Publicity- 01202-570581

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Where to find us-


Kinson Common is surrounded by urban development with South Kinson Drive to the south, Kinson Primary School to the north, Poole Lane to the west, Kinson Road and Glenmeadows Drive to the east.


Numerous access points to the site can be found in all these roads.
Site details:
Size: 16.43 hectares
Grid Ref: SZ 067960


Majority Local Nature Reserve, all Public Open Space.
The heathland areas are Sites of Special Scientific Interest, Special Areas of Conservation , Special Protection Areas and Ramsar sites. (Ramsar sites are wetland of international importance)
( Turbary & Kinson Commons are listed as one site for the SSSI Citation).

The barrows are listed at County level but are not Scheduled Ancient Monuments.


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In March of 2017, the Friends of Kinson Common  will celebrate eighteen years of volunteering. We would like to thank all the people who have given their free time to help us Protect-Preserve-Promote forty acres of nature reserve in an urban environment, a haven for wildlife and a wonderful open space for local residents to enjoy.

When we started, fly tipping was commonplace as were illegal motorcycles and quad bikes as well as burnt out vehicles. Arson on the site was almost daily, as was anti-social behaviour. But slowly with the help of many people this situation was turned around.

We completed the Millenium steps at the Glenmeadows entrance in 2000 with Mark Miller,an inspirational Senior Countryside Officer, and the Jubilee walkway was completed in 2003. Many bat and bird boxes have also been placed on site. Sally Humphries from East Dorset Bat Rescue and Rehabilitation has given up time from a busy schedule to give talks and bat walks on site, in the process finding new bat species. George Dunkling, our group naturalist who volunteers his time to do  monthly walks and monitors the flora and fauna on both Kinson and Turbary Commons free of charge to anyone who wishes to join him. Tim Spring from Dorset Fire and Rescue, Jared Parkin and Dave Fish from Dorset Police who in the early days, took seriously our problems on site and helped eliminate fires and a lot of other anti-social behaviour.

Also our former local Councillors, Claire & Richard Smith, Pat Lewis and Dennis Gritt who have supported our work by raising issues with Council officials. They have also helped us,through the Local Improvement Fund to purchase a noticeboard and 4 rubbing plaques of wildlife for children’s educational use.  The North Bournemouth Crime Prevention Panel,especially Deirdre Redstone who has also helped us to solve problems such as anti-social behaviour on site and has recently donated panic alarms for female dog walkers who are apprehensive on their own after incidents involving a flasher and stalker .

Thank you to all  organisations, especially the wildlife groups who helped make our annual Open Day’s such a success and to all the local residents who came and supported the event until we sadly finished in 2009 due to lots of red tape and paperwork. Thanks to Bill Hill of Home News who kindly regularly featured photos of Kinson Common, and publicised our work and events. The many photographers must also be thanked who have through their superb work given publicity to the site on such websites as Flickr. The Daily Echo are also very supportive of our work through our blog on their website.

Special thanks must go to Tom Bennett, the Senior Ranger for north Bournemouth and his team who are making a great difference in site management!

But most of all we would like to thank all members, past and present, who willingly gave their valuable time and energy to work on site, sometimes in very cold and wet conditions on the Autumn /Winter work programmes, and to all those members who still litter-pick and monitor the site.


Jan Budden.

Publicity Officer


Glenmeadows steps





Photo gallery
  • Orchids of Kinson Common

  • Bog pools

  • Scarlet pimpernel

  • Painted lady butterfly

  • Roesel's bush cricket

  • Pale butterwort

  • Banded demoiselle damselfly

  • Pepin's Pond in 2007

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