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Sallowsprings

A traditional hay meadow rich in wild flowers

The wildflowers that thrive here today belie the fact that this was once part of a caravan park. Now, the delicate umbels of pignut flowers in spring are followed by the purples of common knapweed in summer attracting butterflies and other insects to feed. Walk through the meadow before its annual cut and you are taken back in time to when there were meadows like this found almost everywhere.

The mature hedgerow to the east is centuries old and is composed of a variety of native shrubs including holly. It leads to a small section of Sallowsprings Wood, but the remainder of the wood is not part of the reserve. Here yellow archangel and bluebell flower before the dense canopy of the tree leaves closes over in summer.

 

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

Nearby nature reserves

Landpark Wood
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
4 miles from
Dunstable
Bedfordshire
Map reference
TL 008 183
Best time to visit
Apr - Jun
Jul - Sep
Get directions
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Public transport
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
1.30 hectares
Access
Yes

Walking information
Paths not well defined except for those at the entrace
Parking
Park in Tree Cathedral car park
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
no
Reserve manager
Tel: 01234 364213
bedfordshire@wildlifebcn.org