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Harlestone Heath

A small strip of acid heathland, which is very rare within Northamptonshire

This small site was left as a fire break between the Firs conifer plantation and the railway line. It has since developed into a secluded little reserve and is one of the few last remaining areas of acid heathland in the county. A stream runs through the reserve and there is also a pond, a marshy area and two different types of grassland, which gives a great variety of habitats for such a small site.

A range of acid grassland plants can be found here including gorse and broom. Green woodpeckers can often be seen feeding on the large nests of wood ants under the trees or on nests of meadow ants out in the grassland.

 

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

Nearby nature reserves

Kingsthorpe Meadow
2 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Storton's Pits and Duston Mill Meadow
3 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Bradlaugh Fields
3 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
4 miles from
Northampton
Northamptonshire
Map reference
SP 721 646
Best time to visit
Apr - Jun
Jul - Sep
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Public transport
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
2.63 hectares
Access
Yes

Walking information
3/4-mile walk along tarmac and sandy tracks. Access through the Firs can be wet and muddy. Reserve generally level but anthills are present
Parking
Just before Harlestone village, park by entrance to Harlestone Firs, in lay-by on same side as garden centre
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
yes
Reserve manager
Tel: 01604 405285
northamptonshire@wildlifebcn.org