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Abington Meadows

A mixture of wet grasslands and ponds beside a back channel of the River Nene

This is an urban reserve just off the A45, and its marshy grassland is home to such a tremendous diversity of wildlife that it falls within the Nene Valley Special Protection Area. We manage the reserve on behalf of Northants County Council. 

The site contains locally rare seminatural wetland habitats, which include wet grassland, marginal vegetation and fen/swamp communities, river backwaters, ponds, reedbed, willow scrub and mature hedgerows. There plenty of wintering birds on site, and interesting plants; this is one of the few sites in Northamptonshire known for pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium), a nationally rare member of the mint family. It is also an excellent spot for invertebrates – more than 400 species have been recorded here.

To manage Abington Meadows, we graze the meadow with cattle to help maintain the structure of the grass sward, and regularly cut back scrub and willow.  
 

 

The map below is for indication purposes only and does not show the Wildlife Trusts definitive land boundary.

Species and habitats

Habitats
Grassland, Meadow, Ponds, Towns and gardens
Species
Great Burnet, Purple-loosestrife, Snipe

Nearby nature reserves

Barnes Meadow
2 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Bradlaugh Fields
2 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Lings
2 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire

Nature reserve map

Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2012. For indicative purposes does not show exact boundaries.

Reserve information

Location
Weston Mill Lane
Northampton
Northamptonshire
NN3 3HJ
Map reference
SP 791 608
Great for...
a family day out
getting away from it all
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Size
9.70 hectares
Status
SPA
Living Landscape schemes
Nene Valley
Walking information
Gravel and dirt paths, often wet and sometimes flooded.
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Grazed with cattle
Reserve manager
Tel: 01604 405285
northamptonshire@wildlifebcn.org