Fancott Meadows credit. Wildlife Trust

Fancott Woods & Meadows

Traditional meadow and ancient woodland

Location

1 mile south east of town on the B579
Toddington
Bedfordshire

OS Map Reference

TL 025 275
A static map of Fancott Woods & Meadows

Know before you go

Size
13 hectares

Entry fee

No

Parking information

Park in Chalton and follow footpath on east side of sewage treatment works to footbridge crossing the River Flit

Grazing animals

Yes

Walking trails

Muddy areas in both meadows and woodland at times

Access

Yes

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April to May, June to August

About the reserve

Teeming with wildlife, the grassland is home to an extraordinary range of flowers, starting with cowslips and adder's tongue fern in the spring, followed by ragged-robin, great burnet and the now scarce saw-wort in the summer. Even the grasses of the old pasture are special with quaking-grass and sweet vernal grass indicating its traditional nature. We graze the small meadow to maintain low fertility; the larger meadow is occasionally cut for hay, then grazed.

The woodland, known as Chalton Spinney, has towering oak and ash, with alder in wetter areas. In Spring, the woodland floor is carpeted with bluebells, along with sanicle, dog's mercury and the occasional primrose.   

Multi-stemmed hazel tells of past and ongoing coppicing, while on the meandering path through the wood, spring bluebells are followed by pungent ramsons.

Contact us

Contact number: 01234 364213

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)