Houghton Regis Quarry

Houghton Regis Chalk Pit Nature Reserve 

Houghton Regis Chalk Pit is our town’s very own local nature reserve. It is a 100 acre former quarry, now home to rare wildlife and habitats and a green space for local people to enjoy. The Wildlife Trust is managing The Chalk Pit as a nature reserve to protect this special place for future generations, thanks to funding from Bovis Homes. 

What to look for  

The Chalk Pit holds many different habitats - including chalk grassland, a limestone lake, broadleaved woodland and wetland. 

In spring, wild orchids can be found at the Chalk Pit and migrant birds arrive here to breed – such as the exceptionally rare Turtle Dove.

In summer, many special butterflies can be spotted flitting among the wildflowers. The beautiful Chiltern Gentian carpets the reserve in its thousands in late summer, making Houghton Regis Chalk Pit the best place in Britain to see this nationally scarce wildflower. Great crested newts and dragonflies can also be found here in abundance, attracted to the pools and streams. 

Come and visit! 

If you haven’t already visited the nature reserve of Houghton Regis, why not come for a walk?You may be surprised by what you discover. Access onto the nature reserve is on foot only, via the public footpath accessible from Lake View, off Houghton Road (LU5 5GJ). 

Interested in volunteering? 

From helping out with volunteer work parties, to litter picking and being a volunteer warden, The Wildlife Trust is always looking for extra helpers. If you would like to get involved, or for more information please contact: 

Reserve Officer, Rebecca Pitman: 01525 874317 / 07595 090776 rebecca.pitman@wildlifebcn.org




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Last updated about 3 years ago