Lancot Meadow credit. Pat Doody
Image of Lancot Meadow

Image by Pat Doody

Lancot Meadow

A small chalky meadow with wildflowers and butterflies


On the western outskirts of

OS Map Reference

TL 003 217
A static map of Lancot Meadow

Know before you go

2 hectares

Entry fee


Grazing animals


Walking trails

Fairly well trodden paths




On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April to June, July to August

About the reserve

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.   

Contact us

Contact number: 01234 364213

Environmental designation

County Wildlife Site

Location map