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Gamlingay Cinques

A dry grassland site, providing a secluded haven for visitors

Cinques Common is on dry sandy soil, which is unusual in Cambridgeshire, it was once part of Gamlingay Great Heath. A popular spot for local walkers this small reserve is dotted with harebells and filled with the scent of gorse bloom in the spring. Slender St. John's wort, once common on the former Great Heath, still survives here. Work is well underway to restore the important acid grassland and to prevent the continual encroachment of scrub and woodland. This site benefits from grazing by rare breed sheep.

Species and habitats

Habitats
Heathland, Meadow
Species
Broom, Devil's-bit Scabious, Gorse, Harebell, Lesser Spearwort

Nearby nature reserves

Gamlingay Wood
1 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Waresley & Gransden Woods
2 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Hayley Wood
4 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire

Nature reserve map

Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2012

Reserve information

Location
5.5 miles from Sandy
Sandy
Cambridgeshire
SG19 2HX
Map reference
TL 226 529
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
3.40 hectares
Parking
Reserve car park just off Cinques Road
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
yes
Reserve manager
Tel: 01954 713500
cambridgeshire@wildlifebcn.org