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Dropshort Marsh

An example of now-rare marshland

Not long ago, Toddington had many such wet meadows but today most of them have been drained, ploughed and converted to arable production. Dropshort Marsh is a living example of what has elsewhere disappeared.

Spring colour is provided by the yellows and pinks of marsh-marigold and ragged-robin, showing through the lush greens of rushes, sedges and grass. In summer, the flowers of marsh thistle attract meadow brown and marbled white butterflies, and goldfinches feed on the seeds later in the year.

Large pollarded willows line the course of a spring that flows through the reserve. A second spring feeds the marsh, towards the south-western end of this L-shaped meadow. Mature hedgerows of hazel, hawthorn and blackthorn provide autumn nuts and berries for foraging birds and small mammals, interspersed with tall oak and ash trees.

 

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

Nearby nature reserves

Fancott Woods & Meadows
1 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Sewell Cutting
3 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Lancot Meadow
4 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
1/4 mile south of town on the A5120
Toddington
Bedfordshire
Map reference
TL 007 276
Best time to visit
Mar - May
Jun - Aug
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
2.00 hectares
Access
Yes

Walking information
Boardwalk on public footpath can be muddy
Parking
Park in Toddington and walk into site or park carefully on road verge opposite the site
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Yes
Reserve manager
Tel: 01234 364213
bedfordshire@wildlifebcn.org