Wavendon Heath Ponds

Aspley Woods, is home to a Site of Special Scientific Interest or SSSI known as Wavendon Heath Ponds. The site is located at National Grid Reference: SP 931339.

SSSI’s are the country’s very best wildlife and geological sites. There are over 4,000 SSSI’s in England that include some of our most spectacular and beautiful habitats such as:

  • wetlands teeming with waders and waterfowl
  • winding chalk rivers
  • gorse and heather-clad heathlands
  • flower-rich meadows
  • windswept shingle beaches
  • remote moorland and peat bogs

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About Wavenden Heath Ponds, SSSI

Situated on the Lower Greensand ridge within Aspley Woods, Wavendon Heath Ponds has several habitats including:

  • three ponds representing areas of acidic mire and supporting plant communities uncommon throughout eastern England
  • two meadows of unimproved and semi-improved acid grassland,
  • and an area of damp birch woodland.

The importance of Wavendon Heath Ponds centres on the three ponds artificially created by dams across a small valley. Fed by a wet flush on the hill slope, they represent a habitat characteristic of the Bedfordshire Greensand but now uncommon due to agricultural changes and afforestation. The meadows are traversed by a small stream representing a rich flora, including species uncommon in this county. Find our more about Natural England or find out more about Wavendon Heath Ponds SSSI.


Fines and Other Legal Information (extract from Natural England’s website)

  • Notification as a SSSI confers no public right of entry to any land without the permission of the landowner.
  • It is an offence under Section 28 P(6) of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as incorporated by the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000), without reasonable excuse, intentionally or recklessly to destroy or damage any of the flora, fauna, or geological or physiographical features by reason of which land is of special interest, or intentionally or recklessly to disturb any of those fauna. A person found guilty of any such offence may be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £20,000 or on conviction on indictment to a fine.
  • Some species of plants and animals listed on the citation may be also subject to special protection under Part I of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, or under the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010.
  • The citations and lists of operations requiring Natural England’s consent found on this website may have been subject to minor editorial changes and should not be assumed to be an exact facsimile of the original legal document.