A moat with amphibians adjacent to an attractive stream and flower rich meadows and woodland
Once associated with the ancient Manor of Arlesey Bury, the moat is the main attraction for visitors to these two adjacent reserves. In spring, frogs, toads and newts spawn and drifts of tadpoles can be seen swimming there. Later in the year, dragonflies flit over the open water, looking for suitable areas to lay their eggs. Along the river Ivel, where yellow flag iris flowers, you can see banded demoiselle damselflies. They feed over the grassland of both reserves.
The woodland is managed by coppicing. This produces dense thickets of re-growth, ideal for nesting warblers. Glebe Meadows, (Glebe meaning lands which were originally held by the parish priest as part of his benefice), are managed in partnership with Arlesey Town Council and Arlesey Conservation for Nature, and are rich in wild flowers, including black knapweed, cuckoo flower and the insect-mimicking bee orchid.
The map below is for indication purposes only and does not show the Wildlife Trusts definitive land boundary.
Species and habitats
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Nature reserve map
Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2012. For indicative purposes does not show exact boundaries.