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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

Wildlife Trust Felmersham Nature Reserve
Open to the public. Please observe the Country Code. Location Map


Dogs on Wildlife Trust Nature Reserves
The Wildlife Trust has formulated a policy for dogs on their nature reserves; dogs will normally be allowed on the Trust reserves on a lead and under close control; owners must clear up after their dogs and faeces removed from the site.
Please abide by these rules for the sake of everyone especially the wildlife.

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