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Fox Covert

Heathland and woodland, attracting a variety of bird species

Fox Covert is of quite recent origin, being planted in the late nineteenth century with beech. The woodland is frequented by deer and many species of birds. During winter the reserve attracts visiting birds such as fieldfare and redwing, while meadow pipits and skylarks are present all year.


Nearby Therfield Heath, which can be accessed from our reserve, is one of the most extensive remaining areas of chalk grassland in eastern England with parts becoming covered in hundreds of Pasqueflowers in the spring.


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Nearby nature reserves

Hawkins Wood
3 miles - Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Blagrove Common
4 miles - Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Ashwell Quarry and Quarry Springs
5 miles - Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Just south of the A505
Map reference
TL 334 397
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Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
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Open at all times
2.90 hectares
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

Access to the reserve is open at all times. Track runs through the reserve; some steep slopes.
Walking information
Therfield Heath; Hertfordshire Way; Icknield Way
Small layby opposite path to reserve
Dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01727 858901