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Arlesey Old Moat and Glebe Meadows

A moat adjacent to an attractive stream, and flower-rich meadows and woodland

Once associated with the ancient Manor of Arlesey Bury, an L-shaped moat is the main attraction for visitors to these two adjacent reserves. In spring, frogs, toads and newts spawn, and drifts of tadpoles can be seen swimming in search of food. Later in the year, dragonflies flit over the open water, looking for suitable areas to lay their eggs.

Along the River Hiz, where yellow flag iris unfurls its citrus blooms, banded demoiselle dart over Glebe Meadows (‘glebe’ refers to lands which were originally held by the parish priest as part of his benefice. Glebe Meadows is managed in partnership with Arlesey Town Council and Arlesey Conservation for Nature).

The reserve is rich in wildflowers, including black knapweed, cuckooflower and the insectmimicking bee orchid. The developing woodland includes ash and oak, with hawthorn, hazel and blackthorn growing below. We manage the woodland by traditional coppicing to produce dense thickets that are ideal for nesting warblers.  

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

Nearby nature reserves

Ashwell Quarry and Quarry Springs
4 miles - Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust
5 miles - Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Purwell Ninesprings
5 miles - Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust

Nature reserve map

Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2012. For indicative purposes does not show exact boundaries.

Reserve information

Arlesey Road
SG15 6XA
Map reference
TL 189 378
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4.30 hectares
Living Landscape schemes
Nene Valley

Walking information
Closely mown grass, but uneven and tussocky in places
There is a pay and display carpark adjacent to the reserve.
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Grazed with cattle
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Tel: 01234 364213