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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.

Murmurations can be seen at the reserve. You can see the first one filmed in 2015 below.

The Nene Way footpath is a good place to see butterflies. Along the riverbanks, nettle beds 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.


Titchmarsh 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

Off the A605 Thrapston to Peterborough Road
Map reference
TL006 812
Best time to visit
Apr - Aug
Sep - Feb
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Picnic facilities
72.00 hectares
Walking information
Hard surfaced track with kissing gates to one bird hide, otherwise grass paths. Some areas are muddy and flood at certain times of the year
Car park on Lowick Lane
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Tel: 01604 405285


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