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Dropshort Marsh

A living example of a marshland habitat that has elsewhere disappeared

Not long ago, Toddington had many such wet meadows but today most of them have been drained, ploughed and converted to arable production. This L-shaped meadow is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and a particularly good variety of sedges and rushes are found here.

Spring colour is provided by the yellows and pinks of marsh-marigold and ragged-robin, showing through the lush rushes, sedges and grass. In summer, the marsh thistle flowers attract meadow brown and marbled white butterflies, and goldfinches feed on the seeds later in the year.

Large pollarded willows line a spring that flows through the reserve; a second spring feeds the marsh. Mature hedgerows of hazel, hawthorn and blackthorn offer autumn nuts and berries for foraging birds and small mammals.

We maintain a balance of scrub and grassland, removing scrub and grazing the site with cattle during spring and summer, before it becomes too wet.

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


Nearby nature reserves

Fancott Woods & Meadows
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Sewell Cutting
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Lancot Meadow
4 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

1/4 mile south of town on the A5120
Map reference
TL 007 276
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2.00 hectares

Walking information
Boardwalk on public footpath; can be muddy
Park in Toddington village, then walk south along road, or park carefully on road verge opposite reserve entrance.
Dogs must be on lead
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Tel: 01234 364213