Stockgrove Country Park

Created 2006
Last updated April 21st 2016

The lake in June. Photo Bob Cornes

This has now been renamed Rushmere Country Park, but we are keeping the old name to avoid you going up to  the Rushmere entrance

A pleasant stroll around water bodies & woodland with bat detectors, while keeping a record of bat activity. A great way to get fresh air in the dark, learn more and see the bats in action. One of the best sites in the county.Comfy walking shoes and a torch are recommended. We provide bat detectors. Surveys are open to non members, We’re always on the look out for more pair of eyes and ears.
Suitable for those with limited mobility

We’re always on the look out for more pair of eyes and ears, especially as we have plans to  widen the project this year No specialised equipment or previous experience is needed. You don’t need to be a world authority on bat biology. You’ll quickly develop the skills needed and you’d help us to learn more about Bedfordshire’s bats,but you please book with Gwen  to be sure of getting access to a bat detector. We usually have a few spares with us in any case, but you MUST be punctual


After leaving the A5 at the Flying Fox roundabout, head towards Heath and Reach. Just before the village, turn right towards Great Brickhill. The park is situated about 1/2 mile along this road. If you’re coming from the west, then it is easier to come via Leighton Buzzard. Turn towards Woburn, along North Street. This then becomes Heath Road after a few hundred yards. Continue on through Heath and Reach, turning left as soon as you leave the village. The turning is opposite the bus stop (map and instructions courtesy of the Greensand Trust)


Stockgrove Country Park,
Brickhill Road,
Heath & Reach,
Leighton Buzzard LU7 0BA
Tel 01525 237760

Grid Ref SP 919 294

In 2011 Stockgrove imposed new parking restrictions. They have made limited parking available to please let us know if you plan to come, so we can arrange car shares if necessary. Contact Gwen (details in the newsletter) or e mail her by the sunday before the survey (remove number at beginning of the address.

You can turn up on spec but you must be punctual

Survey Dates 2016

These are the revised times for the  surveys from Gwen. Arrive a few minutes before to allow time to park

04/04/2016 19:07
18/04/2016 19:31
02/05/2016 19:55
16/05/2016 20:17
30/05/2016 20:36
13/06/2016 20:48
27/06/2016 20:51
11/07/2016 20:44
25/07/2016 20:28
08/08/2016 20:04
22/08/2016 19:36
05/09/2016 19:05
19/09/2016 18:32


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