Flitwick Wood is one of Bedfordshire’s well kept secrets. One of the best times to visit is between late April and mid-May when you should hear woodland birds singing and bees buzzing amongst spring flowers which include Primroses, wild Daffodils, and a multitude of Bluebells and Ramsoms.
The wood has a circular surfaced path suitable for wheelchairs and buggies. It can be accessed from Tennyson Road, Flitwick (OS ref TL02543500), where you will find a useful information board.
A 100 acre former quarry, now home to rare wildlife and habitats. The Wildlife Trust is managing The Chalk Pit as a nature reserve, The Chalk Pit holds many different habitats, including chalk grassland, a limestone lake, broadleaved woodland and wetland.
Wild orchids can be found, as can the Chiltern Gentian. Migrant birds arrive here to breed, such as the rare Turtle Dove. Summer brings butterflies including the Chalk Hill Blue. Great crested newts and dragonflies can also be found here in abundance, attracted to the pools and streams.
A Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire Wildlife Trusts site very well described by its own website.
A National Trust property overlooking chalk downland: good for views, walks, and spotting birds, butterflies and wild flowers.
Baulk Wood is a former landfill site transformed into a mixed habitat of woodland and meadow by planting a selection of trees and wildflowers. It’s a a great place for a picnic with surfaced paths through the wood and firm grassy paths around the meadow. There are several natural play areas both for the young and the young-at-heart, together with a small car park..
The flower meadow attracts butterflies in summer and the woodland is home to birds.
The disused and flooded Felmersham Gravel Pits are managed as a nature reserve and provide a protected area for varieties of flora and fauna. It is an important bird sanctuary, both as a breeding site and for birds on migration. It has a good population of dragonflies, too.
The “felmersham.net” website has a page with a map.
Flitwick Moor is a SSSI wetland with an interesting mix of fen, meadow, wet woodland, and fragile peaty soils.
Following the 5-mile Two Moors Heritage Trail provides an excellent introduction to this site.
The landscape at Totternhoe Knolls and Quarry is the result of many centuries of quarrying, which has developed into flower-rich chalk grasslands. The reserve can be accessed from the National Trust car park off Castle Hill Road (OS ref SP986217). The site is crossed by green lanes and footpaths, allowing lots of exploration. In spring the reserve is home to several orchids and on sunny days, there are also likely to be plenty of butterflies, including the Duke of Burgundy and Small Blue. The reserve also has Chiltern gentian, a rare flower, in bloom in August.
Priory Country Park is an established green area of around 360 acres made up of lakes, meadows and woodland, partially enclosed within a bend in the river Great Ouse.
It is managed, for the benefit of both wildlife and visitors, by Bedford Borough Council.
The RSPB reserve at Sandy is their HQ. It is a great place to go spotting birds and is also very good for dragonflies.