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Fancott Woods & Meadows

Flower-rich meadows and a traditional bluebell woodland near the River Flit

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.


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

Nearby nature reserves

Dropshort Marsh
1 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Sewell Cutting
3 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Blow's Downs
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 mile south east of townon the B579
Map reference
TL 025 275
Best time to visit
Apr - May
Jun - Aug
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12.00 hectares

Walking information
Muddy areas in both meadows and woodland at times
Park in Chalton and follow footpath on east side of sewage treatment works to footbridge crossing the River Flit
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
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Tel: 01234 364213