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Landpark wood

Small woodland with bluebells

Complementing the flower-rich grassland of Whipsnade Heath, Landpark Wood offers a tranquil spot to enjoy the sights and sounds of the English countryside. Veteran large, multi-stemmed beech trees can be found on the boundary of the wood. Hornbeam, oak and ash flourish on the clay soils found locally, allowing bluebells to carpet the woodland floor in spring. Later in the year yellow archangel and woodruff can be found nestling beneath shrubs of hazel and hawthorn. Birdsong fills the canopy in the spring and early summer, while woodpeckers drum on old tree trunks looking for food or excavating a hole for nesting. Recent quarrying for chalk has produced open areas within the wood, where flower-rich grassland has developed. The soil is low in nutrients, which means that wild flowers such as fairy flax and St John's-wort can survive with little competition from coarse grasses.

 

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

Nearby nature reserves

Sallowsprings
1 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Lancot Meadow
2 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
Between Whipsnade and Dunstable
Dunstable
Bedfordshire
Map reference
TL 016 184
Best time to visit
Apr - Jun
Jul - Sep
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Public transport
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
3.60 hectares
Access
Yes

Walking information
Path may be muddy
Parking
Park in whipsnade Heath car park
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
No
Reserve manager
Reserves Manager
Tel: 01234 364213
bedfordshire@wildlifebcn.org