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Boddington Meadow

A rare fragment of meadow rich with wildflowers and butterflies; a real joy to visit

This site has never been ploughed, and as a result retains much of the wildlife that has lived here for centuries. We manage it as a traditional meadow, harvesting hay in late summer followed by grazing. The varied flora attracts a wide range of insects. The most frequently recorded butterflies are orange tip, peacock, small tortoiseshell, meadow brown and ringlet, and the red-headed cardinal beetle is just one of 48 species of beetle known to live here. 

The wildflowers include great burnet, pepper-saxifrage and pignut. In summer betony shows an impressive display of colour, along with the purple-blue of devil’s-bit scabious. We have collected the seeds of wildflowers here to sow at other meadows as part of the Coronation Meadows scheme. Hedgelaying on a rotation maintains a bushy barrier for the meadow, and provides a home for many birds such as finches and blackcap and other warblers.  
 

Boddington Meadow reserve map


 

 

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

Nearby nature reserves

Byfield Pool
0 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Woodford Halse
3 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
High Wood and Meadow
6 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
Boddington Road
Byfield
Northamptonshire
NN11 6UD
Map reference
SP 494 531
Great for...
Insect spotting
wildflowers
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
2.30 hectares
Access
Yes

Walking information
Reserve paths of grass; mostly even. Steep steps and stile at entrance to reserve
Parking
Park in fisherman's Boddington Reservoir car park, walk 250 yards to meadow entrance
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Grazed with sheep
Reserve manager
Tel: 01604 405285
northamptonshire@wildlifebcn.org