Keep Access To Stanpit Golf Course Open

Christchurch Council are attempting to block public access to Stanpit Golf Course, the perimeter of which is often used as a vantage point over Priory Marsh. Local resident and CHOG member, Peter Fenning, writes.

"… the Council is trying to close the footpath around the edge of the golf course overlooking Priory Marsh. They have already erected signs saying "golfers only beyond this point". Along with 3 local residents who have all used this path for over twenty years we have applied to Dorset County Council for registration of this footpath as a right of way. I understand that the council will oppose this application. Could any CHOG member (Ed: or non-member) who has used this route for over twenty years prior to May 2003 please contact us with details as we may need additional support."

To email Peter, click here .

As an added incentive to act, let's remember some of the species seen from or on the golf course over the years: Black-winged Stilt, Red-rumped Swallow, Lesser Yellowlegs, Siberian Chiffchaff, Dotterel, Grey Phalarope, Rough-legged Buzzard, Honey Buzzard, Osprey and Wood Sandpiper ; as well as annual Garganey, Little Ringed Plover and Water Pipit .

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