It is believed that Shefford and the surrounding area was once swampland, with a few places for people to cross the river. One such place was here at Drovers Spinney where the shallow river allowed a sheep-ford and ultimately the creation of Shefford.
The site is thought to have been where the drovers' held their sheep overnight on their way to the London markets.
Drovers Spinney is a compact Nature Reserve owned and maintained by Central Bedfordshire Council and is managed in Partnership with the Ivel and Ouse Countryside Project and local volunteers (information correct at June 2010). The site with the River Hit forming its eastern boundary was unmanaged for many years until 2001.
After Public consultation the site was cleared to enable a development of a small diverse woodland. In addition to the existing trees over 300 native trees have been planted such as oak, alder, ash and hedges of hawthorn, blackthorn, spindle and guelder rose to improve the habitat for wildlife.
Bat and bird boxes have been put up around the site and a surfaced path and picnic benches have also been located there so you can come and relax and listen to the water and wildlife.
Regular visitors to the site are birds and butterflies. The brambles along the steep bank and the hedges provide good cover and food for the local blackbirds and sparrows among others. Kingfishers can be seen darting along the river and fish such as roach and perch live in the river. If you are lucky you may also see black squirrels, muntjac deer and pheasants.
For more information and to find it see the main Shefford Town Centre Map