An old gravel pit providing a haven for rare insects and birds
One of a number of old gravel pits along the Nene Valley, Storton's Pits is important for wetland birds and insects. An old ditch along the northern edge supports some of the rarest insects in the county. Reed beetles can be seen from late spring and water beetles can be seem all year round in the open pools.
Duston Mill Meadow is a small but important fragment of wet riverside meadow that is important for butterflies and dragonflies. Wading birds, such as snipe, feed in the exposed wet mud areas and the rare water rail is a regular visitor.
The map below is for indication purposes only and does not show the Wildlife Trusts definitive land boundary.
Species and habitats
- Grassland, Wetland
- Water Rail, Snipe, Teal, Tufted Duck, Starling, Red Fox, Cuckoo, Reed Bunting, Bullfinch, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Common Tern, Great Crested Grebe, Moorhen, Coot, Grey Heron, Common Frog, Common Toad, Holly Blue, Green-veined White, Cuckooflower, Reed Sweet-grass, Purple-loosestrife, Water Mint
Nearby nature reserves
Nature reserve map
Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2012. For indicative purposes does not show exact boundaries.