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St.Mary Magdelen, Whipsnade - geograph.org.uk - 222462.jpg
Church of St Mary Magdelen
Whipsnade is located in Bedfordshire
Whipsnade shown within Bedfordshire
Population 457 (2001 census)
420 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid reference TL010179
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district LU6
Dialling code 01582
Police Bedfordshire
Fire Bedfordshire and Luton
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°51′03″N 0°32′06″W / 51.8509°N 0.5349°W / 51.8509; -0.5349Coordinates: 51°51′03″N 0°32′06″W / 51.8509°N 0.5349°W / 51.8509; -0.5349

Whipsnade is a small village and civil parish in the county of Bedfordshire. It lies on the eastward tail spurs of the Chiltern Hills, about 2.5 miles south-south-west of Dunstable. It is the home of Whipsnade Tree Cathedral, as well as the famous ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, and is the namesake of Whipsnade Park Golf club, although it is actually in neighbouring Dagnall.[2]

The local Wildlife Trust manages a small nature reserve north of the village called Sallowsprings (51°51′21″N 0°32′21″W / 51.8559°N 0.5391°W / 51.8559; -0.5391 (Sallowsprings)).[3]

Edward John Eyre, explorer of Australia, was born in Whipsnade in 1815.[4]

A hill figure can be found in the site. Shaped like a lion, it was made for Whipsnade Zoo. During the Second World War, this chalk image of a lion on Bison Hill, owned by Whipsnade Zoo, was covered with a black sheet in order not to attract attention from the German bomber planes.


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 13 November 2016. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 June 2010. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 
  3. ^ Wildlife Trust, Sallowsprings.
  4. ^ http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/biogs/A010346b.htm

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