Weston Hills in Baldock was officially declared a Local Nature Reserve in July 2012 following the completion of a joint venture to improve the site and protect the wildlife. Improvements include new and improved access for the public, 1.25km of new resurfaced pathways and new signs for people to learn about the local nature. Areas of rare and valuable chalk grassland have been restored for wildlife to protect and enhance their habitat.
The grassland is rich in wildflowers including orchids and the woodland attracts many bird species. The site has some interesting archaeology including ancient cultivation terraces and chalk workings. There are many paths throughout although some are steep. The site is carefully managed to keep a mixed habitat and encourage wildlife to flourish.
Features and activities
- Wildlife rich habitat
- Seasonal livestock grazing
- Good site for dog walking – please keep dogs under control at all times, especially near livestock
- On foot from Woodland Way / Chiltern Road and Ivel Way
- Car parking available at Hatch Lane, off London Road