The Community nature reserve has been developed for the residents and wildlife of rural Meppershall.
The reserve takes its name from the track to the north, Hoo Road, which used to be referred to as the Old Road as this was the the road to Shefford via Hoo Farm, Carriage House and Hitchin Road before the existing Shefford Road was built. For many years the site was divided into allotments, but due to the lack of use it was grassed over and has now become the evolving nature reserve.
With help from the Ivel & Ouse Valley project local residents and school children, the parish council are creating a place for peace, quiet, relaxation and recreation.
several large specimens of Oak and Ash have been planted around the site to grow into a magnificent tree area which are both attractive and valuable to wildlife, insects and amphibians that live there.
The local school children and volunteers have planted hedges and copses with oak, ash, maple, alder and ash. There has also been planting of a community orchard which contain old Bedfordshire varieties of apples, pear and plum. Once mature the orchard will be opened each autumn for local residents to come and pick their own fruit.
Small shrubs have also been planted with insect and small mammal attracting flowers such as Buddleia, Rose, Hazel, Hawthorn and Spindle. These provide a good habitat for butterflies and feeding birds creating a nature spectacle whilst eating your picnic.
Bat and Bird Boxes have been erected in some of the mature trees in the hedge on the edges of the site to help improve a diversity of habitat and provide better opportunities for breeding.
Keep your eye out for foxes, rabbits, toads, various native birds including the Green Woodpecker and a multiude of butterfly species at the right time of the year.
Small areas of the native wildflowers have been replanted after the removal of the old allotments. These areas are tended regularly and kept in check to help reduce the nutrients in the soil and the amount of grass competing with the wildflowers.
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