Greensand Country is a perfect place for a day out wildlife watching. The patchwork of habitats mean you can visit lots of different sites in a day, searching for adders on the warm heaths or purple emperor butterflies in the shady woodlands. In the winter Red Kites cross the skies and Muntjac deer appear in the fields.
If you’re visiting with families then Rushmere Country Park or The Lodge are great places to start with plenty of accessible paths, facilities and parking. The stunning heathland of the Wildlife Trusts reserve at Cooper’s Hill right in the centre of Ampthill is also easily accessible.
As well as their larger sites at Rushmere and Maulden Woods, the Greensand Trust also look after a number of small, local reserves perfect for a quiet few hours wildlife watching and you can find details and directions on their website.
Some of our smaller nature reserves can be very fragile and easily disturbed so aren’t recommended for dog walking or large group visits. The smaller reserves may also have very limited parking and rough narrow paths which aren’t suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs so it’s always worth checking before you make a visit.