TL1848 : Path Into The Reserve

near to Beeston, Bedfordshire, Great Britain

Path Into The Reserve
Path Into The Reserve
Climbing through a stand of trees this path leads from the B1042 into The Lodge nature reserve. It is popular with volunteer workers on the reserve, who can be met cycling to and from their work.
The Lodge RSPB Nature Reserve
The land was purchased in 1851 by Captain Sir William Peel - At the time it was probably open heath. He planted it with trees and built the Swiss Cottage style house that is now the gatehouse and shop on the reserve. Awarded the Victoria Cross in 1854, Capt. Sir William Peel VC KCB died during the Indian Mutiny in 1858 of smallpox. The land passed to his brother, Arthur Wellesley Peel, who built the main house known as The Lodge in 1870. In World War II the land, then owned by Lord Stewart of Stewartby, was requisitioned by the Ministry of Defence and used for storing ammunition and weapons. The RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) purchased the land and opened the reserve to the public in 1961. It is the Society's headquarters. The woodland, heath and acid grassland of the reserve cover 180 hectares, and are being restored to form the largest stretch of heathland in Bedfordshire. The reserve also contains a well preserved Iron Age hill fort.

Information from Wikipedia and the RSPB website where a fuller and more detailed history can be found.
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Thursday, 2 June, 2011   (more nearby)
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Paths  Sport, Leisure  Country estates  Woodland, Forest 
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OSGB36: geotagged! TL 18358 48457 [1m precision]
WGS84: 52:7.3060N 0:16.3585W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TL 18345 48468
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