Possibly the most diverse meadow in the county, rich in wildflowers and insects
This small secluded reserve is a remnant of the grassland once common along the banks of the river Nene. Much of the southern half of the site is is spring-fed flush (mire) wet all year round, while the northern half next to the river is winter flooded. Much of the botanical richness is a consequence of these two distinct types of water source.
The main ditch supports a number of water plants, including lesser spearwort and common spikerush, and there are patches of bright yellow marsh-marigold in spring. Also in spring, the small pink flowers of marsh valerian can also be found throughout the meadow, often in large numbers. In early summer there is a fine display of southern marsh orchids, a real treat to see in full flower.
The map below is for indication purposes only and does not show the Wildlife Trusts definitive land boundary.
Species and habitats
Nearby nature reserves
- Ramsden Corner
- 3 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
- Storton's Pits and Duston Mill Meadow
- 4 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
- Harlestone Heath
- 5 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.