Kinson Common

A wildlife oasis in the Bournemouth conurbation

A wildlife oasis in the Bournemouth conurbation, with an enthusiastic group of volunteers helping to blend wildlife with public access.

See Friends of Kinson Common website for more information and, if you live nearby, perhaps join them and help.

Site Details


Kinson in Bournemouth.

View of central heath

Central heath, taken from Two Barrows Heath - a good place for Graylings.

Butterfly species include

  • Small Skipper
  • Essex Skipper
  • Large Skipper
  • Orange Tip
  • Green Hairstreak
  • Purple Hairstreak
  • Small Copper
  • Brown Argus
  • Silver-washed Fritillary
  • Grayling

Clouded Yellow and Ringlet were recorded in 2013 after a long absence. There were reports of a White Admiral being seen in 2014. Grayling are doing well here.

Side view of male Orange Tip

Male Orange Tip

Moth species -  
Other species Orchids Picture taken from postcard of three different orchid flowers
Habitat type/ features


Sideways shot of Grayling well camouflaged against background

Grayling butterfly


Grid ref SZ 067960.

Acccess to the site can be gained through many entrances in Kinson Road, Poole Lane, South Kinson Drive, Paget Road and Glenmeadows Drive. Parking is very easy in any of these roads.

Disabled access to the whole site is not available but there is a cycle path running from Poole Lane to Kinson Road which runs between a wetland area and the heathland which supports the Grayling population.

Line drawing map of Kinson Common

Owned by Bournemouth Borough Council