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Higham Ferrers Pits (Nene Wetlands)

Once part of a large gravel pit complex, now rich in birds and dragonflies

Higham Ferrers Pits is a narrow strip of grassland fringed with areas of maturing willow, reedbed and open water.

Like many other areas in the Nene Valley, these reserves are part of a larger Site of Specific Scientific Interest that is an important refuge for overwintering and breeding birds, including little grebe, shoveler, gadwell, reed warbler and reed bunting.

In the summer you can see a huge variety of dragonflies and damselflies which use the vegetation on the egde of the pits, including brown hawker and black-tailed skimmer.

 

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

Nearby nature reserves

Wilson's Pits (Nene Wetlands)
1 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Irthlingborough Lakes and Meadows (Nene Wetlands)
1 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Ditchford Lakes and Meadows (Nene Wetlands)
2 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
Wellingborough
Northamptonshire
Map reference
SP 950 698
Best time to visit
Sep - Feb
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
10.00 hectares
Access
Yes

Walking information
Flat main path; slopes and steps on main bridge
Parking
In Higham Ferrers, turn right into Wharf Road and park at the end
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
no
Reserve manager
Tel: 01604 405285
northamptonshire@wildlifebcn.org