Wheathampstead LNR
Designated site name: Wheathampstead LNR   View map
LNR Type: Urban Fringe Type:  Biological
County: HERTFORDSHIRE Natural England Area Team: West Anglia (LNR)
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Date of Declaration: 04/07/2002 Declaring Authority: St Albans City and District Council
Area (Ha): 5.87 Grid Reference: TL 175 131
Owned By:  Wheathampstead Parish Council Managed By:  Development Centre, Countryside Service (CMS) and the Parish Council.
Location: Butterfield Road, Wheathampstead. AL4
How to get there: Please check how to get to the LNR e.g. Using Traveline Traveline website or phone 0871 200 22 33 (chargeable call)

South of Wheathamstead, Hertfordshire between Butterfield Road and the B651.
Access through kissing gates, one along the footpath on the western edge of the Wheathampstead Development Centre. Another entrance on the path from Wheathampstead on B651.
Nearest train: Harpenden.

Visitor facilities: We advise you to check information about the current visitor facilities before you go to the LNR e.g. through the local authority or managing body's website.

What to see: Habitats include secondary ash woodland grades into thorn scrub, with mature hedgerow bounding the western edge of the site. The open habitats include 2ha of rough unimproved neutral grassland, an area of ruderal habitat on improted chalky substrate and a pond/scrape area. A wide variety of plants including grass vetchling, bee orchid, ox-eye daisy, black knapweed, heath bedstraw, cowslips, and ragged robin. The flowers attract many insects including small heath, marbled white and common blue butterflies, and day flying burnet moths. Birds attracted to the site include yellowhammer, whitethroat, linnets and long tailed tits. Green woodpeckers feed on ant hills and goldfinches feed on the teasels in winter.

Volunteer and 'Friends': For information about volunteering and 'Friends' groups, please contact the manager and see teh local authority or managing body's website.
Contact the local authority or owner of the LNR for further information - e.g. through the Local authority website.

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