Ample, free car parking, with parking for disabled people
A total of around one mile of wide grass paths, some adjacent to the Ivel riverside, with shelters, benches and picnic tables at various points
A variable configuration of easy walks, with handy signposts and information boards
Eight and a half acres enhanced by native hedges and trees, some positioned as specimens, some in copses, some along an avenue.
Lakes and ponds providing habitat for water-loving wildlife, with a winding boardwalk and dipping platform
Living willow bird hides
The Nature Reserve is open to the public every day except during those May and October weekends when the Mill holds its special events. On open days throughout the season, one may also visit the Mill itself, where there are toilets, a tea-room and shop. The Mill is not open every day, so check the Mill Opening Times, as toilet facilities etc are only available when the building is open.
Entry to the Reserve is via the Mill car park, fifty metres along the lane from the Mill. Just inside the gate is an explanatory display board listing the Reserve’s many attractions and outlining the maintained paths which run round the three meadows. There are additional Information Points strategically positioned around the walks.
Stotfold Mill Preservation Trust leases these meadows from Central Bedfordshire Council. In ten years the Trust, in conjunction with The Astwick and Stotfold Environmental Link (Teasel) and the Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity (BRCC) has transformed these 8½ acres beside the River Ivel (a County Wildlife Site) into an invaluable new habitat for a wide range of fauna and flora. The Reserve opened formally on 2nd April 2011.
Following consultation with Natural England Central Bedfordshire have designated it a Local Nature Reserve and the Campaign to Protect Rural England has awarded it their highest accolade, the CPRE Mark. In 2010 Meadow 3 was designated as a County Wildlife Site.
Teasel has planted copses of native trees, many sponsored by local people, and two long hedges, one hornbeam, the other hawthorn, the latter subsequently layed in the traditional manner. There is a delightful wildflower area, and ponds to encourage amphibians and insects. Osiers cut from the bed Teasel created are used by a local basket-maker. Visitors can enjoy a fascinating nature trail, use hides to watch and children can do pond-dipping.