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Blue/green algae Update

June 23, 2017 – 12:36 pm |

While we have had no formal reports from the Environment Agency of blue green algae in Stewartby Lake yet, visitors should exercise caution. Due to the recent warm temperatures and time of year, there is …

Dawn Chorus Walk – cancelled

May 2, 2017 – 1:50 pm |

We’re sorry to announce that our Dawn Chorus walk this Saturday 6th May has been cancelled due to unforseen circumstances.
We are still however, taking bookings for our Dawn Chorus Walk for Late Risers on Satyrday …

Local fundraising drive

October 3, 2016 – 2:11 pm |

If you shop at the Co-op in Marston, you’ve probably been asked for your membership card when you pay at the till. The Co-op have recently launched their Local Community Fund, which gives money to …

Homes for Swifts

June 15, 2016 – 1:30 pm |

‘Swifts are beautiful, dynamic birds who spend just three months of the year with us,   arriving in early May after a long migration. Their screaming call signals that summer is on the way. Swifts spend …

Reed All About It – June 2016

June 14, 2016 – 1:41 pm |

Click on this link to see what the Forest Volunteers have been up to lately -  Reed All About It – Jun ’16

Trees for World Peace?

June 10, 2016 – 12:00 pm |

Did you know that there’s a (kind of) law in China that everyone over the age of 11 has to plant 3 saplings a year? Or that they have tree planting events each spring with …

Love your Forest!

May 17, 2016 – 11:14 am | 2 Comments

I just had to share with you these lovely words written about the Forest by one of our young visitors, Amber age 11. I hope it inspires you to get outdoors and enjoy the Forest of Marston …

A thoughtful gift for Mother’s Day

February 24, 2016 – 3:06 pm |

Treat your Mum to something very special this Mother’s Day and Dedicate a Tree to her to show how much you care. For just £20 your gift will keep on growing and be there for …

Another Heaving Half Term

February 21, 2016 – 4:00 pm |

With some amazing (though chilly) weather, this half-term was absolutely packed at the Forest Centre! Big thanks to everyone who attended both our children’s activities, and our Wedding Fair. I’m hoping we see all of …

Shag spotted on Stewartby Lake

January 21, 2016 – 1:05 pm |

We’ve had a bit of an interesting visitors on Stewartby Lake this week in the shape of a common shag (or Phalacrocorax aristotelis if you’re feeling flush). After a coincidental false sighting a few days …

Tower Hide and Woodland Walkway open!

May 8, 2015 – 11:34 am | One Comment

We have great pleasure in announcing that our eagerly anticipated Tower Hide and Woodland Walkway is now open to the public in our Wetlands Nature Reserve. If you would like the experience of gently ascending …

Walk in the Woods Month

April 30, 2015 – 11:37 am |

If you’re lucky enough to live near woodlands (even if they aren’t in the Forest of Marston Vale) then we hope that you pop out and visit them as much as you can – there’s …

Spring in Marston Vale Woodlands

April 14, 2015 – 1:45 pm |

What better way to spend a sunny morning than a lovely walk through some of the woodlands of the Forest of Marston Vale Trust?  Spring is definitely well on the way with bluebells beginning to …

Forests International Day

March 15, 2015 – 11:30 am |

The UN host their International Forests Day on 21st March this year, and of course, we are keen to point out some of the key reasons why Forests are great! Obviously, our Forest is young …

World Wetlands Day

February 1, 2015 – 11:30 am |

On 2nd Feb 1971, the Ramsar Convention was signed in Iran – “an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable utilisation of wetlands,recognizing the fundamental ecological functions of wetlands and their economic, cultural, scientific, and recreational value.” In other words, …

Neglected Insects in Bedfordshire

August 15, 2014 – 10:53 am |

Any enthusiastic insect fans? The BNHS are hosting a conference here at the Forest Centre on Sat 15th Nov about the Neglected Insects of Bedfordshire – from Caddis Flies to Leaf Hoppers, specialist speakers from …

A few Steps around The Forest of Marston Vale

July 22, 2014 – 11:29 am | One Comment

A couple of weeks ago, I was enjoying an evening walk through Hoo Corner and into The Kill when I heard a rustling noise from some weeds at the edge of which I can only …

New wildlife videos now online!

June 13, 2014 – 3:28 pm |

If you want to check out some amazing videos our volunteers have taken on site of the summer wildlife, check out our Youtube channel. Just uploaded some great shots from right near the Forest Centre, …

Get snapping on Nature Photography Day

June 13, 2014 – 11:00 am |

June 15th is Nature Photography Day. Now, fair enough this day is American, and we don’t strictly have an equivalent, but nevertheless it’s a great opportunity (as the North American Nature Photography Association website says) …

The one man forest

April 9, 2014 – 4:20 pm |

Jadav Payeng lives in northern India and after his local woodland was devastated by floods (in 1979, when he was 16) he found the loss of wildlife so devastating that he set about re-planting an …



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