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Lancot Meadow

A small chalky meadow with wildflowers and butterflies

This is a small nature reserve but it is full of interest, not least because it is chalky but not on the steep slopes of the downs! The grassland is a remnant of what would have been large areas of flower-rich meadows around the edge of Dunstable. As the town grew, these meadows became fragmented and smaller. Lancot Meadow retains much of the interest of days-gone-by, with common spotted-orchid, ox-eye daisy and birds-foot-trefoil.

Ancient drove roads are found on two sides of the reserve, where the hooves of thousands of animals have worn wide tracks, on their way to and from the livestock markets of the town. Berry-laden hedgerows provide a feast for wintering birds, visiting to escape the ravages of harsh northern winters.

 

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

Nearby nature reserves

Sewell Cutting
1 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Totternhoe
1 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Blow's Downs
2 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
On the western outskirts of
Dunstable
Bedfordshire
Map reference
TL 003 217
Best time to visit
Apr - Jun
Jul - Aug
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Public transport
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
2.00 hectares
Access
Yes

Walking information
Fairly well trodden paths
Parking
Park on roadside next to reserve entrance
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
yes
Reserve manager
Tel: 01234 364213
bedfordshire@wildlifebcn.org