Twywell Hills and Dales
During September and October 2016 compartments in the Whitestones area of the site are being fenced in to protect rare wildlife and grazing animals used to keep the area in good condition. All public rights-of-way in the area will remain open. For more information see our news story and the map below.
In January 2016 fencing was put up in The Gullet, a section of Twywell Hills and Dales, The public right of way and the path that runs parallel with the A14 will remain accessible all year.
A fascinating haven for wildlife
The deep gullet along the length of the reserve was formed by ironstone extraction, which exposed limestone banks. Where these are damp they provide an ideal home for hart's-tongue fern, while the clearer slopes have typical an impressive display of limestone grassland.
The large pond on the reserve is unusual as it lies over contrasting acid and calcareous soils, and supports a wide range of plant and insect life. Great crested newts are known to breed in the pond and kingfishers are often seen.
The northern area known as Whitestones was formed from limestone spoil, and the young invading scrub makes an ideal habitat for a wide range of invertebrates including dingy and grizzled skippers, green hairstreak butterflies and ground beetles. Red kite is an increasingly common visitor, circling overhead.
The pond has an extensive reedbed and is home to a large colony of great crested newts.
The map below is for indication purposes only and does not show the Wildlife Trusts definitive land boundary.
Species and habitats
- Red Kite, Redwing, Fieldfare, Red Fox, Green Woodpecker, Wild Strawberry, Grizzled skipper, Dingy skipper, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Great Crested Newt, Small Heath, Bee Orchid, Bird's-foot-trefoil, Bladder Campion, Carline Thistle, Common Spotted orchid, Dwarf thistle, Eyebright, Fairy Flax, Lesser Centaury, Salad Burnet, Yellowhammer, Linnet, Goldfinch, Willow Warbler, Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Buzzard, Kestrel, Little Owl
Nearby nature reserves
Nature reserve map
Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2012. For indicative purposes does not show exact boundaries.