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Old Sulehay

A fragment of the ancient Rockingham Forest

Old Sulehay is a picturesque patchwork of limestone quarries, grassland, woodland and wetland. The disused quarries provide a valuable wildlife habitat in their own right. Glow-worms can be seen in June in the longer grass. Many of the wildflowers found here are rare in Northamptonshire and they attract a wide range of butterflies. In May look for the grizzled skipper butterfly in Stonepit Close.

The areas of scrub support several bird species, such as whitethroat and bullfinch. Listen for the distinctive ringing laugh of the green woodpecker in the summer. Great and lesser spotted woodpeckers live in the woodland along with nuthatch and treecreeper. Invertebrates thrive in the sun-warmed paths and rides and feed on dogwood and bramble.

Using wildflower seeds collected from other sites in the area, the Sammock's Hill area of the reserve is being restored.

Old Sulehay reserve map


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

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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

7 miles from
Map reference
TL 054 980
Best time to visit
Jan - Dec
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85.00 hectares

Walking information
Main ride is surfaced in woodland though other paths can get muddy. Quarry has uneven paths and steep slopes.
Limited parking in lay-bys along Sulehay Road
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
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Tel: 01604 405285


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