Fox Covert Nature Reserve

© Charlotte Hussey

Fox Covert

A small beech woodland set within the wider Therfield Heath landscape, this reserve attracts a variety of bird species.

Location

Therfield
Royston
Hertfordshire
SG8 9NT

OS Map Reference

TL 334 397
A static map of Fox Covert

Know before you go

Size
3 hectares

Entry fee

Free

Parking information

Parking is available at Therfield Heath car park or in a small lay-by opposite the entrance gate.

Walking trails

Near-by - Therfield Heath; Hertfordshire Way; Icknield Way

Access

Woodland paths that can be steep in places.

Dogs

Dogs permitted

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April to July

About the reserve

The surrounding areas are frequented by deer and many species of birds. 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 beautiful Pasqueflowers in the spring. During winter the reserve attracts visiting birds such as fieldfare and redwing.

Seasonal Highlights
Spring:
 Buzzard, white helleborine, red kite, sparrowhawk.
Summer: Blackcap, chiffchaff, willow warbler.
Autumn: Chaffinch, meadow pipit, wheatear.
Winter: Blue, great, long-tailed tit, goldcrest, treecreeper.

Environmental designation

Local Nature Reserve (LNR)
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

Directions

Site entrance:Enter through the small metal gate opposite the lay-by on Therfield Road, the reserve is signposted along the woodland trail.

Access by road: From A505 take Baldock Road towards Royston, turn immediately right into road signposted Therfield and Keshall.

Access by public transport
Bus:
91 – Golf Club (1 mile)
Rail: Royston (1.7 miles)

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