Priory Country Park is a former gravel pits located on the South East edge of Bedford, adjacent to the River Great Ouse. Find us at Barkers Lane off A428, or in Priory Business Park off A421 Bedford bypass. Admission is Free with access to the Visitor centre and 2 hides, one overlooking the main lake and one on the Finger lakes. You will find Winter wildfowl, passage terns and waders, and Water Rail all year.
"A Great White Egret flew in at 0658 and landed on the south side of the island after being harassed by half a dozen LBB Gulls. It has been fairly quiet at Priory during the last week but we have had Black-headed Gulls and Common Terns producing young on the island; Tony P had a Green Sandpiper on the 2nd. A Nuthatch and a Coal Tit were examples of birds which have been seen as a result of post-breeding dispersal (otherwise rare at Priory). Two Little Egrets on the 3rd; Cuckoo on the 4th, Shoveler on the 5th; two family parties of Green Woodpeckers on the 5th, Common Sandpiper, Oystercatcher and Jays on the 6th, 31 Long-tailed Tits today." Dave K.