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Houghton Regis Chalk Pit

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.

Baulk Wood

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.

Totternhoe Knolls and Quarry

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.