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Titchmarsh

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.

 

 

 

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

Location
Off the A605 Thrapston to Peterborough Road
Thrapston
Northamptonshire
Map reference
TL007804
Best time to visit
Apr - Aug
Sep - Feb
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Facilities
Picnic facilities
Size
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
Parking
Car park on Lowick Lane
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Yes
Reserve manager
Reserves Manager
Tel: 01604 405285
northamptonshire@wildlifebcn.org

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