Huge flocks of starlings are currently gathering over the reedbeds at Titchmarsh around dusk before they roost. Visit just before it starts to get dark and head towards the bird hide to witness this wonderful wildlife spectacle.
An enchanting wetland site with a good variety of birds, butterflies and a heronry
Winter is the best time to see large numbers of wildfowl here; in particular, goosander, wigeon and gadwall reach nationally important numbers. By February, the herons have noisily started to breed in the old duck decoy. The grasslands provide breeding sites for ground nesters such as snipe, while reed and sedge warblers chatter in the riverside vegetation. Late spring sees hobbies hunting insects over the reserve and late summer and autumn is a good time for passing waders. The Nene Way footpath is a good place to see butterflies. The nettle beds along the rivers are used as perches for huge numbers of banded demoiselle damselflies, while the floating vegetation in the River Nene provides resting sites for the red-eyed damselfly. The larger dragonflies, particularly brown, southern and migrant hawkers, patrol sheltered sections of Harper's Brook.
The map below is for indication purposes only and does not show the Wildlife Trusts definitive land boundary.
Species and habitats
Nearby nature reserves
- Twywell Hills and Dales
- 5 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
- Short Wood and Southwick Wood
- 6 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
- Irthlingborough Lakes and Meadows
- 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.