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Bugbrooke Meadow

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.

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.

Reserve information

Location
6 miles from
Northampton
Northamptonshire
Map reference
SP 672 586
Best time to visit
May - Jul
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
1.70 hectares
Access
Yes

Walking information
Reserve prone to flooding and soft footing after rain
Parking
Park in Watery Lane in Nether Heyford. Follow Nene Way footpath for 1/2 mile
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
yes
Reserve manager
Tel: 01604 405285
northamptonshire@wildlifebcn.org