Harrold Odell

Last Updated  Jan 2017

Harrold Odell Country Park

Photo Nicky Monsey

Photo Nicky Monsey


Harrold  Odell Country Park lies 10 miles to the north west of Bedford. It falls within the parishes of Harrold and Odell and lies on the north bank of the River Great Ouse. The Park lies to the east of the Carlton – Harrold road (Odell Road) and the main entrance to the park is off of this road vehicles from Horsefair Lane, Odell.

New for 2017
After a number of years surveying the park itself, this year , we plan to go sightly further field and investigate other woodland sites close to the Country Park. These dates have not been fixed as it depends on which dates we get permission to survey. The plan is to do a mixture of detector surveys and trapping sessions.. Comfy walking shoes and a torch are recommended. We provide bat detectors. Surveys are open to non members,but there may be some restrictions. If you are interested you need to contact Nicky who is a Park Ranger. Tel 01234 718012 E mail: prioryrangers@bedford.gov.uk


Public bat walk

bat-in-bootsDate to be confirmed

Bat Box Project 2017

In 2014 with a grant from the Friends of Harold Odell Country Park paid for the purchase of 10 bat boxes. These are being checked monthly  from April to October. Boxes usually take time to be used, but we have been finding bats

Photo Kelly Robinson

Photo Kel

droppings in bat box

In August 2014 we found clear evidence of bats using the boxes Photo Bob Cornes

First occupant of a Harrold Odell Box

In September 2014 we found our first common pipistrelle Photo Bob Cornes









Male soprano pip found in a bat box 2016


Bat boxes are sometimes commandeered by birds. This one had filled the box with nesting material.  2016 Photo Bob Cornes

We are planning to check the boxes monthly from April though to October in 2017 . Open go Bat Group members, Friends of HOCP  & limited no. of guests if pre booked. Meet in the main car park.
To book a place contact Nicky prioryrangers@bedford.gov.uk

2nd April
14 May
11 June
23 July
20 Aug
17 Sept

All start at 10am

One advantage of HOCP is that we finish the survey with a well deserved slice of cake

Hedj and a well earned piece of cake. Photo Jude Hirstwood