Plan your visit
Car park: open daily, 7am-7pm. Closed outside of these hours.
Reserve trails: open daily, dawn to dusk. Closed outside of these hours.
Toilets: open daily, 10am-4pm.
Shop: open daily, 10am-4pm.
Visitor Information Centre: open most days.
Festive Opening Times:
- Christmas Eve - 30 December: Nature reserve, car park, shop, visitor centre and toilets are closed.
- New Year’s Eve: Nature reserve, car park, toilets and visitor centre open, 7am-7pm.
- New Year’s Day: Nature reserve, car park, toilets and visitor centre open, 7am-7pm.
- All other days in the festive period are open our usual winter opening hours as above.
- Free entrance to RSPB members
- Car park cost
- RSPB members: FREE (please display your membership card face down in your windscreen).
- Non-members: £6 per car
- Blue badge holders: FREE
- Other discounts
Admission is free of charge for members or people just visiting the shop.
Guided walks is closed
Viewing points are closed
How to get here
The nearest station is Sandy, on the King's Cross to Peterborough main line, 0.9 miles (1.4 km) from the reserve entrance. From the station car park, turn right towards the Potton road. Turn right, cross the bridge and proceed up the hill. You can follow our nature trail or there is a paved footpath on the right.
Buses from Bedford stop in Sandy town centre; local buses between Hitchin, Sandy, Blunham and Biggleswade (Centrebus 188) stop directly inside the reserve entrance.
The principal route open in Bedfordshire is the section of Route 51 from Milton Keynes to Bedford and Sandy. Route 12 is still being developed and will meet Route 51 near the reserve.
From Sandy town centre, take the B1042 Potton road, passing the railway station and cemetery on your right. After 1.2 miles (1.75 km), at the top of the hill, turn right into the RSPB-marked entrance.
Sat nav POI file: If you have a satellite navigation system that can accept POI files, please see our POI page for a download link and instructions.
Information for dog owners
Sorry, dogs are not permitted on the reserve, except for the Skylark trail (north of the B1042 / Gatehouse shop) or along the public bridleway which runs straight from the Gatehouse shop to Biggleswade Common. The only exception to this are assistance dogs, due to the sensitive wildlife and habitats here. We know that the countryside is a dog walking paradise. It’s important to remember the special surroundings here are wonderful havens for rare wildlife. Even if dogs are very well behaved, wildlife can easily become startled by a dog they perceive as a predator.
Disturbing wildlife does more than simply causing it to move away; it uses up their energy, decreasing their chance of survival regardless of season. Thank you for protecting the special wildlife by not exercising your dog here.
Dogs are welcome on a lead on the public bridleway around the reserve. Please keep to the designated rights of way only.
Please keep your dog on a lead / under close, effective control at all times, due to the sensitive wildlife and habitats here. We know that the countryside is a dog walking paradise. It’s important to remember the special surroundings here are wonderful havens for rare wildlife, we have dog-friendly routes for you and your pooch to enjoy. Even if dogs are very well behaved, wildlife can easily become startled by a loose dog they perceive as a predator.
Disturbing wildlife does more than simply causing it to move away; it uses up their energy, decreasing their chance of survival regardless of season. Thank you for protecting the special wildlife here by keeping your dog on a lead or under close, effective control in the signposted areas.
- The Buzzard, Nuthatch and Woodpecker trails are not public footpaths, so sorry, no dogs are permitted here other than assistance dogs.
- Dogs are welcome on the Skylark Trail and bridleway. Please keep dogs on a lead when using the bridleway from the reserve entrance to the Biggleswade Common exit and on the Skylark Trail through the farmland (as signposted).
- Dog water bowls are available outside the shop.
- Sorry, dogs aren’t permitted in the visitor centre, shop or café other than assistance dogs.
- Dogs die in hot cars, please do not leave your dog in the car when visiting us.
Group booking information
Small groups can book guided walks by arrangement with the reserve team. Charges/donations apply.
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