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Byfield Pool

A secluded pool surrounded that provides an important refuge for wildlife

The pool was constructed as a water supply for the Oxford Canal in the 1790s, while the reservoir was built some hundred years later. It is now a tranquil reserve that is a delightful place to see and hear warblers and wildfowl. It provides wildlife with a much-needed refuge from the activities taking place on the adjacent Boddington reservoir.

Water rail and tufted duck breed on the pool, whilst other ducks rest and feed here. Many other birds nest in the abundant scrub and wooded areas around. Listen out for chiffchaffs and sedge warblers. The quiet waters and surrounding reedbed make this secluded area an excellent site for dragonflies and damselflies, as well as large numbers of frogs and other amphibians.

 

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

Nearby nature reserves

Boddington Meadow
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
9 miles from
Daventry
Northamptonshire
Map reference
SP 501 527
Best time to visit
Mar - Jun
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
4.00 hectares
Access
Yes

Walking information
Paths uneven and soft; steps and a boardwalk feature. Good paths around the reservoir
Parking
Park in first car park just before Boddington Reservoir. Walk 500m just past sailing club and reserve is on the left
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
no
Reserve manager
Tel: 01604 405285
northamptonshire@wildlifebcn.org