Riverside meadows with water vole

These meadows are a remnant of the flood meadows that once would have bordered much of the River Ivel. The name comes from a small stream that trickles its way through the eastern end of the reserve. The meadows support a range of grasses and plants including the lilac-coloured blooms of cuckooflower or lady's smock.

The stream and ditches bordering the site are home to aquatic plants such as celery-leaved buttercup, water plantain and the aptly named arrowhead with its distinctive arrow shaped leaves held above the water.

Many birds feed in the meadows including lapwing, fieldfare and redwing, while sparrowhawks patrol the mature hedgerows. Common terns and grey herons can be seen hunting fish along the river banks, where you may hear the 'plop' of a water vole seeking refuge in the water and amongst the emergent vegetation. The manicured 'front gardens' of this diminutive mammal are best spotted in the spring, highlighting their nest burrows with paths to the water's edge.

 

The Riddy is owned by Sandy Town Council.

 

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

Nearby nature reserves

Cople Pits
4 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Old Warden Tunnel
4 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Gamlingay Cinques
5 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
Just south of
Sandy
Bedfordshire
Map reference
TL 165 487
Best time to visit
Apr - Jun
Jul - Oct
Get directions
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Public transport
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
7.70 hectares
Access
Yes

Walking information
Paths quite rough, best along the river banks
Parking
Park in layby on right near reserve entrance
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
yes
Reserve manager
Tel: 01234 364213
bedfordshire@wildlifebcn.org