Lancot Meadow credit. Pat Doody

Lancot Meadow

A small chalky meadow with wildflowers and butterflies

Location

On the western outskirts of
Dunstable
Bedfordshire

OS Map Reference

TL 003 217
A static map of Lancot Meadow

Know before you go

Size
2 hectares

Entry fee

No

Grazing animals

Yes

Walking trails

Fairly well trodden paths

Access

Suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April to June, July to August

About the reserve

This is a small nature reserve but it is full of interest, not least because it is chalky but not on the steep slopes of the downs! The grassland is a remnant of what would have been large areas of flower-rich meadows around the edge of Dunstable. As the town grew, these meadows became fragmented and smaller. Lancot Meadow retains much of the interest of days-gone-by, with common spotted-orchid, ox-eye daisy and birds-foot-trefoil.

Ancient drove roads are found on two sides of the reserve, where the hooves of thousands of animals have worn wide tracks, on their way to and from the livestock markets of the town. Berry-laden hedgerows provide a feast for wintering birds, visiting to escape the ravages of harsh northern winters.   

Contact us

Contact number: 01234 364213

Environmental designation

County Wildlife Site