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Storton's Pits and Duston Mill Meadow

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.

 

Storton's Pits

 

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Nearby nature reserves

Kingsthorpe Meadow
2 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Barnes Meadow
2 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Harlestone Heath
3 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
Storton's Pits and Duston Mill Meadow
Northampton
Northamptonshire
NN5 4AB
Map reference
SP 728 600
Best time to visit
Apr - Aug
Sep - Feb
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
23.00 hectares
Living Landscape schemes
Nene Valley
Walking information
Flat overall. Section of surfaced path to viewing platform, other paths soft and uneven in places
Parking
Park in Fisherman's car park
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
yes
Reserve manager
Tel: 01604 405285
northamptonshire@wildlifebcn.org