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Barnes Meadow

A mosaic of wetland habitats attracting an abundance of wildlife

These three meadows on either side of the River Nene encompass a wide range of grassland and wetland habitats. These include a redundant arm of the Nene, the river itself, Hardingstone Dyke and a variety of recently created ditches and shallow scrapes. The scrapes make particularly good feeding grounds for many visiting bird species including waders such as snipe. Peregrine falcons hunt overhead, and the reserve is home to heron and kingfisher. Great crested grebe and tern can be seen feeding on the river. The sheltered water and margins are also home to many dragonflies and damselflies, including the distinctive brown hawker. The meadows are grazed with cattle and we dredge the ditches on rotation to maintain a good habitat for dragonfly larvae and other aquatic invertebrates.  
 

 

Barnes Meadow reserve map

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

Nearby nature reserves

Abington Meadows
2 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Bradlaugh Fields
2 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Kingsthorpe Meadow
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
On the eastern edge of
Northampton
Northamptonshire
NN1 5NG
Map reference
SP 770 597
Great for...
Insect spotting
birdwatching
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
20.00 hectares
Living Landscape schemes
Nene Valley
Access
Yes

Walking information
Flat overall, either tarmac or firm grass paths
Parking
Midsummer Meadow Car Park on the A428, 500 yards after junction with A4501
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Yes
Reserve manager
Tel: 01604 405285
northamptonshire@wildlifebcn.org