Stockgrove Country Park

Created 2006
Last updated March 2o20

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,
Suitable for those with limited mobility


We are looking at Daubenton Activity differences between two ponds on site

The activity differs between the two ponds quite a lot. They are different habitats and we want to see what the pattern is like in 2020 and see if we can identify possible reasons for the difference.

We’re always on the look out for more pair of eyes and ears 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.,so we can let you in a the gate is closed.We are monitoring several ponds on the site, so the more the merrier.


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
Don’t rely blindly on  sat nav, it will take you to the Rushmere entrance


In order to be able to park your car safely,please let us know if you plan to come, Contact Gwen (details in the newsletter) or e mail her by the Sunday before the survey (remove number at beginning of the address).


Survey Dates 2021       

We are not publishing dates as because of covid restriction this survey is not open to non members,Members see page 20 0f newsletter

Arrive a few minutes before to allow time to park


Read an article about a guided tour of Stockgrove Country Park 2005-4–Stockgrove country park



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