Long Deans Nature Reserve

Long Deans Nature Reserve 

A picturesque valley of pasture and old parkland with magnificent oak, beech, ash and wild cherry trees.


Bunkers Lane off the A4147
Hemel Hempstead

OS Map Reference

TL 075 047
A static map of Long Deans

Know before you go

15 hectares

Parking information

No official parking. There is a layby next to the main entrance reached when using the above directions.


Grass paths. Entrance quite steep.


Under effective control

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April to July

About the reserve

Long Deans Nature Reserve is noted for its wildflower-rich grassland, butterflies, birds and invertebrates. The site is home to bird species including bullfinch and song thrush. This reserve is also noted for veteran trees, which provide habitat for fungi, invertebrates, hole-nesting birds and bats.

Seasonal Highlights
 Cowslip, kestrel, song thrush.
Summer: Bee orchid, marbled white, pyramidal orchid.
Autumn/ Winter: Buzzard, red kite, redwing.

Environmental designation

County Wildlife Site


Site entrance:There are three entrances via kissing gates; two from Bunkers Lane and another from a footpath.

Access by road: From A4251 take Nash Mills Lane (turns into Red Lion
Lane) and then turn left into Lower Road. Turn right into Bunkers Lane and reserve is on the right with Bunkers Park to the left.

Access by public transport
318, 501 – Belswains Lane, opposite Mill Close ( 0.4 miles) walk to reserve.
Rail: Apsley Rail Station (1 mile).

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