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Cut-throat Meadow

A small meadow with a strip of mixed woodland and a wildlife-rich pond

Nestled on the edge of Ampthill, this small remnant of a once much larger meadow can still attract the eye of wildlife watchers. Meadow saxifrage flowers in the spring together with field woodrush. The latter is easily mistaken for grass, and is nicknamed Good Friday grass, because its flowering time is around Easter.


Later in the year lady’s bedstraw flowers and the meadow is alive with the sight and sound of grasshoppers and bush crickets.


The steep woodland slope overlooking the meadow is also rich in wildlife, with stately beech and Scot’s pine towering over hawthorn, yew and hazel. The nearby pond has steep grassy banks, leading down to reedmace and celery-leaved buttercup, providing resting places for hunting dragonflies and damselflies. Water boatman and pond skater can be seen on the water’s surface.
 

 

The map below is for indication purposes only and does not show the Wildlife Trusts definitive land boundary.

Nearby nature reserves

Cooper's Hill
1 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Flitwick Moor
2 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Old Warden Tunnel
6 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire

Nature reserve map

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

Reserve information

Location
Eastern edge of
Ampthill
Bedfordshire
MK45 2XE
Map reference
TL039380
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
1.50 hectares
Access
Yes

Walking information
Tarmac pavement around the pond, bare earth in woods and narrow rough paths in meadow
Parking
Park on Ailesbury Road or Rushbrook Close
Dogs
Dogs under effective control
Grazing animals
No
Reserve manager
Tel: 01234 364213
bedfordshire@wildlifebcn.org