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Stoke Bruerne Brick Pits

A peaceful haven for wildlife next to the Grand Union Canal

This reserve is an old brickworks started after 1792 by the Grand Junction Canal Company to provide material for the canal locks, walls and the Blisworth tunnel. The demise of the brickworks has left a site of considerable variety, with a reed bed, rough and damp grassland, a number of ponds and the redundant side arm of the canal. As well as a variety of plant life, the ponds provide an important habitat for invertebrates, and a number of dragonfly species occur on the reserve. White-legged damselflies have been recorded here, a species which has a very limited distribution in Northamptonshire. The grassland provides cover for a range of small mammals, which also makes it an ideal feeding ground for barn owls.

 

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

Nearby nature reserves

Mill Crook and Grafton Regis Meadow
3 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Little Linford Wood
6 miles - Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust
Barnes Meadow
7 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
7 miles from
Northampton
Northamptonshire
Map reference
SP 744 495
Best time to visit
Mar - Jun
Jul - Sep
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
6.00 hectares
Walking information
Fairly accessible, although paths can be very wet
Parking
Parking generally available in church car park or in Museum or Boat Inn car park
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
yes
Reserve manager
Tel: 01604 405285
northamptonshire@wildlifebcn.org