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History suggests that a settlement in Dorset was named La More in 1364 which later became Mours in 1407 and in the 1500’s became Le Moure then in the 1600’s became Moores. Today it is known as West Moors. The word moor is derived from the word moure meaning marsh and this would have been a good description of the area during this period. It was an area of heathland and marsh which drained into the nearby Moors River and few people lived in the area.

In 1867 the railway arrived and with it a goods yard and links to Wimborne and Salisbury and an expanding population. It was not until 1907 that a water mains system was installed and this was followed in 1911 by a gas supply. In 1918 moves were made to make West Moors a parish in its’ own right and separate it from Parley as Ferndown, which was between the two had grown in size.

Eventually electricity came in 1931 followed by the telephone in 1933. By 1938 a very large military fuel depot was established to the north of the town and in 1938 was in use by the US Army as a depot for the Normandy Invasion in 1944 and in 1946 it housed  German POW’s. In 1971 it became the Joint Services Petroleum Depot for the UK, complete with large numbers of service families and housing but by 1990 had been scaled down and is now The Defence Fuels Group, a fuel handling school and a fire training centre for the Dorset Fire Service. Part of the area has been designated a SSSI .

The 1960’s saw the largest growth in the area after the installation of mains drainage and large estates were built around the town. In 1965 all goods trains ceased except fuel trains and these finally ended in 1974 and the tracks were removed.

West Moors is still surrounded by heathland and woodland but has grown substantially with the Moors River on one side and Uddens Water on the other. Wildlife is in abundance and obviously comes into conflict with man on a regular basis. The forest area is a stronghold for Deer, Rabbits, Squirrels, Ants and birds which take advantage of the local food source found in gardens from plants to bird feeders.

Moles will venture out of the wooded areas to take worms etc from the lush watered lawns from the safety of their tunnels and Wasps will eat insects and then fruit found in most gardens, some will stay and set up home in buildings or foliage close by and come into serious conflict with man. When this happens some form of Wasp control or Wasp removal will be required.

Rats and Mice will follow the course of the rivers and seek out various food sources especially from built up areas where they are able to nest and of course the Fox will be able to live quite happily close to man.

If you have a problem with  Ants, Fleas,  Rats, Mice, Squirrels, Birds, Moles,  Wasps or you need help with Wasp control or Wasp removal or pest prevention or have a pest control problem in and around Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch, Ringwood, Verwood or any BH postcode area  call no-nonsense pest control : 

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