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Arlesey Old Moat and Glebe Meadows

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.

Nearby nature reserves

Ashwell Quarry and Quarry Springs
4 miles - Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust
5 miles - Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Purwell Ninesprings
5 miles - Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust

Nature reserve map

Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2012. For indicative purposes does not show exact boundaries.

Reserve information

One mile east of
Map reference
TL 189 373
Best time to visit
Mar - May
Jun - Sep
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4.30 hectares

From Stotfold take A507 towards Henlow. Shortly after crossing railway bridge (about 250m) turn right towards train station. Road bends right sharply, under A507, at T-junction turn right onto small road, east again, parallel to main road.
Walking information
Closely mown grass, but uneven and tussocky in places
There is a pay and display carpark adjacent to the reserve.
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
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Tel: 01234 364213