The Captains Club Hotel in Christchurch is renowned for providing luxurious sleeping accommodation for its guests, and now thanks to a generous donation to a local conservation group, the birds in the area will also be nestling down in comfort too.

The hotel located on the banks of the River Stour in Christchurch is one of only two hotels in Dorset to have been awarded the much coveted Gold Award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme.

Thanks to proceeds raised from one of the hotel’s successful ‘green projects’ they were recently able to present a cheque to the Christchurch Harbour Ornithological Group.

Robert Wilson, Operations Director at The Captains Club Hotel said, “With our prime riverside location it is important to us that we operate to environmentally-friendly standards. We won the Gold Eco Award for significantly reducing our carbon footprint and for our various sustainability practices, including the sale of ‘Eco Water.’ It is proceeds from this that has enabled us to make a donation to the ornithological group.”

Eco Water is filtered water served with a twist of citrus, ice and mint, and is offered to hotel guests as an alternative to bottled or tap water.

Christchurch Harbour Ornithological Group (known locally as CHOG) was established in 1956 and is dedicated to the study and conservation of wildlife in the harbour. Christchurch Harbour boasts diverse wildlife, and despite covering an area of less than 9 square kilometres, over 320 different bird species have been recorded.

Christopher Chapleo from CHOG commented, “We were delighted that the Captains Club Hotel team have chosen to support our work and are very grateful for their donation. We will use the funds to erect a series of nest boxes in some of the mature riverside trees in the Wick area.”




Robert Wilson, Operations Director, Captains Club Hotel with Christopher Chapleo, CHOG, and Karen Lindsey who assisted in the Eco Award entry.