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Batford Springs Local Nature Reserve


Extension of Nature Reserve - In January 2015 the Batford Springs Local Nature Reserve was extended with the purchase of land in Marquis Lane.  The land runs from the corner of Marquis Lane, eastwards to the bottom of Piggotshill Lane. 

Lower Luton Road Grassland - A trial area of grassland at the Batford Springs Local Nature Reserve was not included in the mowing regime for 2014.   During the subsequent botanical survey 18 species of plants have been recorded.  A report will be submitted to the Environment Committee in January regarding the continuation of this trial.

Station Road hedge - A new hedge has been planted along the Station Road section of the meadow at Batford Springs Local Nature Reserve as part of a long term aim to restore the grassland to its former glory as a flower meadow. This hedge has established itself well.  For further information, click here.


Batford Springs Local Nature Reserve is owned and managed by Harpenden Town Council.  The majority of the conservation and maintenance work on the site is undertaken by Batford Springs Volunteers with assistance from the Council and other contractors.  Such works are detailed in a 10 year management plan put together by the Volunteers with continuing input from a number of specialist advisors including the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust.

In 1995, the area was accredited as a Reserve by Natural England.  Its principal features are the fresh springs that serve a small network of chalk lined streams and ponds.  The River Lea with its riverside walks flows through the site and there is open grassland and a small wooded area to explore.  A childrens play area is located off Marquis Lane where there are also family friendly picnic tables.

Location:  The Reserve lies at the northern end of Station Road (B652).  It is a 20 minute walk from the High Street and train station.  Buses (620, 366, 636) pass the Reserve.  Parking is available in nearby on the Lower Luton Road.



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