The area covers Whaddon Chase – a royal hunting forest.
Area Coverage: 3062 ha
Local wildlife sites: 12
Lowland Mixed Deciduous Woodland: 49 ha
Wet Woodland: 157.5 ha
Lowland Wood/ Pasture and Parkland: 35 ha
Lowland Meadow: 43 ha
Fens 28.5: ha
Joint Character Area: Bedfordshire & Cambridgeshire Claylands
Landscape Types: Wooded agricultural land.
Geology: Mudstone with overlying till, head and sand and gravel deposits.
Topography: The North western end of a ridge running NW – SE. With gentle slopes running into the Great Ouse Valley to the north.
Woodland – There are many native woodland sites located across the area. There is a concentration of BAP quality woods south of Nash and Whaddon.
Fens – There is a large fen north of College Wood.
Lowland Meadows – There are several small areas of lowland meadow spread across the area.
Hedgerows – There are concentrations of pre 18th century enclosures around Little Horwood and Nash and these may contain species rich hedgerows.
Wood/ pasture & Parkland – There is a large parkland site at Whaddon.
Ponds – There are a few potential BAP priority ponds in the area.
Fens – Management , Restoration, Creation
Hedgerows – Management , Restoration, Creation
Lowland Meadows – Management , Restoration, Creation
Woodlands – Management , Restoration, Creation
Wood-pasture & Parkland – Management , Restoration
Ponds – Management, Restoration, Creation
Fields with existing ridge and furrow are found around Nash and Saldon. Whaddon Chase was an ancient hunting forest. SMRs are Snelshall Benedictine Priory and Whaddon Bowl Barrow.