Wild Sweet Pea
During the second World War gravel was extracted from Felmersham gravel
pits to be used in the construction of local war-time air fields and other
military needs. Over the decades the disused and flooded gravel pits
have been managed as a nature reserve and they provide a protected area for
many varieties of flora and fauna. It is also important as bird sanctuary,
both as a breeding habitat and for birds on migration.
"The lakes are one of the best places for dragonflies and damselflies
in Bedfordshire, with no fewer than 18 species known to have bred. The
nearby Great Ouse brings in even more species, with adults hunting
over the water and grassland. Wildfowl congregate on the open water.
In deep water areas rare plants such as whorled water-milfoil and
bladderwort have established, while the shallower margins are
dominated by reed and common bullrush. The islands formed by
extraction now support alder and yellow and purple-loosestrife.
The undisturbed grassland retains wild flowers such as black knapweed,
common spotted orchid, lady's bedstraw and common fleabane and is
flanked on the boundary by established hedgerows of dogwood, hawthorn
and blackthorn. Elm re-growth feeds caterpillars of the white-letter
hairstreak butterfly.".....Wildlife Trust
Felmersham Nature Reserve
the public. Please observe the Country Code.