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As is the case for most areas in Dorset, Queens Park and Charminster were originally heathland and referred to as “the Great Heath”. The area was used as a place to cut turf, (turbary), for fuel until the 1800’s when it was nearly ended by legislation, but local protestors managed to regain five specific lots of land to carry on the practice. One lot of 147 acres was known as Lot 60 and this is now Queens Park. The other Lots ended up as Seafield Gardens, King’s Park, Redhill Common and Meyrick Park.

In 1902 with the coronation of King Edward VII Lot 59 became King’s Park and Lot 60 became Queens Park and both were important symbols for Bournemouth in the Edwardian era.


The land between Moordown and Littledown was heathland with a few cottages and the residents cut turf and grazed animals and extracted honey from hives and it is believed that one of the residents came from Charminster near Dorchester and hence Charminster was born.

Development of Charminster started in the 1880s and in the 1920s much of the available land was built on and other notable buildings were built including Saint Francis of Assisi church, Saint Walburga’s school and Charminster library.FOX-LAYING UP

The golf course on Queens Park gives a welcome break to the large area of housing in the Charminster area and along with the cemetery and playing fields it provides a refuge for many native species of wildlife including birds and insects. As they thrive they encroach into neighbouring properties and gardens and conflicts arise.

There are numerous Foxes and Badgers in the local area and testament to this is the large amount seen dead on the A338 Spur Road at different times of the year. As the fox populations grow foxes are often seen during daylight hours in search of food or just taking in the scenery. An average territory of an urban Fox can include up to 120 gardens.

Rats and Mice can travel distances for food should the need arise, but with the high number of food outlets in the area and intensity of housing and subsequent amounts of rubbish produced numbers can soon swell. Another animal able to survive well is the Squirrel and there is no shortage of properties that can fall victim to them especially if food is provided in the form of bird feeders.

wasps-nest-nononsense pest controlPigeons are on the increase as they are able to adapt and take advantage very quickly of any suitable food sources or nesting places and along with Wasps they can be a real pest to man and in the case of Pigeons can cause damage and illness. If Wasps gain a foothold in a garden then contact can be serious and some form of Wasp control or Wasp removal will be required.

Finally with a large number of domestic pets encountering more and more wild animals, then the spread of fleas is likely unless the pets have been suitably treated beforehand.

If you have a problem with  Ants, Fleas,  Rats, Mice, Rabbits, 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 :

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