Riverside meadows with water vole

Location

Just south of
Sandy
Bedfordshire
Sandy

OS Map Reference

TL 165 487
A static map of The Riddy

Know before you go

Size
8 hectares

Entry fee

No

Grazing animals

Yes

Walking trails

Paths quite rough, best along the river banks

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 October

About the reserve

These meadows are a remnant of the flood meadows that once would have bordered much of the River Ivel. The name comes from a small stream that trickles its way through the eastern end of the reserve. The meadows support a range of grasses and plants including the lilac-coloured blooms of cuckooflower or lady's smock.

The stream and ditches bordering the site are home to aquatic plants such as celery-leaved buttercup, water plantain and the aptly named arrowhead with its distinctive arrow shaped leaves held above the water.

Many birds feed in the meadows including lapwing, fieldfare and redwing, while sparrowhawks patrol the mature hedgerows. Common terns and grey herons can be seen hunting fish along the river banks, where you may hear the 'plop' of a water vole seeking refuge in the water and amongst the emergent vegetation. The manicured 'front gardens' of this diminutive mammal are best spotted in the spring, highlighting their nest burrows with paths to the water's edge.   The Riddy is owned by Sandy Town Council.   

Contact us

Contact number: 01234 364213