Flitwick Moor & Folly Wood
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Free Parking, Off Lead Areas, On Lead Areas, Pathed Routes, Water On Route
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In the heart of the Flit Valley, this wetland was left behind when peat was cut from the site as recently as the 1960s. The peat was used in the purification of natural gas. Long before that, the naturally iron-rich groundwater that bubbled up to the surface from springs was bottled and sold as a tonic for the blood. Now the reserve is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Woodlands of oak and birch and dense stands of bracken reveal the acidic nature of the site; acidic springs rise in the reserve. Alder woods have developed in the wetter areas. The wet fen and truly boggy nature of the mire provide the real treasures of the site, including fluffy seed heads of cottongrass, ten species of sphagnum moss and marsh pennywort – the round leaves of which creep via slender underground stems. The flowers of meadowsweet, purple loosestrife and square-stalked St. John’s-wort all bloom in summer. Tall reeds fringe open water where frogs and toads spawn in spring. The vegetation provides ideal cover for the elusive water rail, only given away by its eerie squealing call. In summer, warblers voice their scratchy songs. Folly Wood is a haven for mosses and ferns and the spring flowers of opposite-leaved golden saxifrage. The grazed meadows, untouched by peat extraction, feature meadow saxifrage and lady’s bedstraw and a range of grasshoppers and bush crickets, including the intriguingly named short-winged conehead. Large anthills produced by the yellow meadow ant may also contain nests of other ants. It is very wet, it is advised to bring knee high boots as some places your feet can become submerged. Very muddy in the winter but 100% worth it! Parking information Car park at end of narrow, bumpy track off Maulden Road at Folly Farm. Walking trails Paths wet in places Access From Tesco roundabout in centre of Flitwick on A5120 cross over the railway bridge then turn right at roundabout and immediately left into King's Road. After 500m turn into Maulden Road towards A507. After 1/4 mile turn right at Folly Farm opposite Massmold factory, following track to small car park.
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Flitwick Moor & Folly Wood, Bedford
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