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Finedon Cally Banks

Part of an old ironstone workings now reclaimed by nature

The site is linked to the quarry first worked in the 1870s at Finedon Pocket Park. The ore was transported along a specially constructed railway to what is now the reserve.

The name Cally Banks comes from the process of burning iron ore to remove impurities, leaving a deposit called calcine which provides the poor soil conditions in which wildflowers flourish. Look for beautiful speckled wood butterflies among these flowers in spring and autumn. 

Crickets, dragonflies and wetland flora also thrive here, while hawthorn and blackthorn scrub is a haven for warblers.

Finedon Cally Banks reserve map

 

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

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Wilson's Pits (Nene Wetlands)
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Nature reserve map

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

Reserve information

Location
3 miles from
Wellingborough
Northamptonshire
Map reference
SP 902 712
Best time to visit
Apr - Jun
Jul - Sep
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
2.50 hectares
Access
Yes

Walking information
Paths are narrow and uneven in places. Long flight of steps
Parking
On minor road to Harrowdens, 3/4 of a mile just past drive on left to Hillside Farm; park on left opposite track on right. Walk north up muddy track and climb steps up embankment. Reserve entrance is on left
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
no
Reserve manager
Tel: 01604 405285
northamptonshire@wildlifebcn.org