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Farthinghoe

Badgers dig and bats swoop around this former landfill site

This long, narrow, amazingly diverse site is now a mosaic of developing woodland, open grassland and ponds. The meadows are improving each year as a result of better management, which includes harvesting hay late in the year to maintain low soil fertility. This has led to the welcome return of some of the old meadow flowers such as lady’s bedstraw, meadow vetchling and snake’s-head fritillary.


The ponds and wet areas attract dragonflies and damselflies from the nearby lake and stream and in late July it is possible to find beautiful demoiselle damselflies in good numbers. There is also a colony of marbled white butterflies on the site.


Pipistrelle and noctule bats find an ideal hunting ground here. Among the birds are treecreeper, bullfinch, breeding sparrowhawk, several species of warbler and long-tailed tit.
 

 A leaflet containing more information can be downloaded from the box below right.

Farthinghoe reserve map

 

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

Nearby nature reserves

Woodford Halse
7 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Byfield Pool
8 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Ardley Wood Quarry
8 miles - Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust

Nature reserve map

Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2012. For indicative purposes does not show exact boundaries.

Reserve information

Location
Purston Lane 4.5 miles west of
Brackley
Northamptonshire
Map reference
SP 518 403
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
4.00 hectares
Access
Yes

Walking information
Steep steps at entrance; paths generally firm and level
Parking
Park on road verge of Purston Lane, on the railway bridge
Dogs
Dogs under effective control
Grazing animals
no
Reserve manager
Tel: 01604 405285
northamptonshire@wildlifebcn.org

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