An oasis of woodland and grassland in East Northampton

This popular local nature reserve in the eastern district of Northampton includes woodland, scrub, ponds and acid grassland. Woodland areas range from plantations of mature sweet chestnut, douglas fir and larch to areas which are returning to more native woodland with naturally regenerating birch, rowan, oak and holly. Wood anemone, dog's mercury, violets and climbing corydalis are all found in the woodland.

The acid grassland areas include typical species such as sheep's sorrel and gorse and rarities such as the tiny birdsfoot.

Dragonflies, damselflies, frogs and newts all breed in the ponds on the reserve and are found by the school parties and community groups that use the reserve to learn about wildlife and ecology at the Trust's Lings Environmental Centre.

 

Lings reserve leaflet

Lings local nature reserve

Nearby nature reserves

Abington Meadows
2 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Bradlaugh Fields
2 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Barnes Meadow
3 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire

Nature reserve map

Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2012

Reserve information

Location
3 miles from Northampton centre
Northampton
Northamptonshire
Map reference
SP 801 638
Best time to visit
Jan - Dec
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Public transport
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
18.50 hectares
Access
Yes

Walking information
A level surfaced track runs in a circuit throughout part of this reserve
Parking
Park in outer car park on Lings Way or follow track to Lings House
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
no
Reserve manager
Reserves Manager
Tel: 01604 405285
northamptonshire@wildlifebcn.org

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