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.
Duck End is the remnants of Maulden Moor and is a good all-round Nature Reserve managed by the Greensand Trust.
Three man-made ponds are managed particularly to benefit dragonflies but the site is also good for butterflies and birds.
Owned by Bedfordshire County Council and managed by the Greensand Trust with help from the Friends of Flitton Moor, the site is a good place for butterflies, dragonflies, beetles, grasshoppers and flowers. There is also a gentle perimeter walk around the site.
A National Trust property overlooking chalk downland: good for views, walks, and spotting birds, butterflies and wild flowers.
The Woodland Nature Trail at Moggerhanger Park takes you through the garden woods where snowdrops and bluebells can be found, depending on the season.
The grounds are open daily between 10am and 4pm and entry is free.
Managed by the Greensand Trust, this ex-quarry is a small area of scrub, grassland, ponds and lichen heath on dumped asphalt. Great Crested Newts occur on the site. This site is good for dragonflies and Butterflies in spring and summer and Lichens can be seen all year round.
Harrold-Odell Country Park offers lakes, a river, meadows and woodland with trails and activities in North Bedfordshire.