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Woodford Halse

Old railway cuttings; an important refuge for birds and butterflies

Two railway cuttings excavated around 100 years ago are now an important mosaic of scrub and grassland. The work exposed calcareous soil and the resulting grassland supports a number of plant species which are rare in the county. Over 160 species of flowering plant have been recorded, including knapweed and scabious. Adder's-tongue fern is found in some areas that are shaded by scrub.

The denser scrub provides winter feeding grounds for birds including fieldfare, redwing and wheatear and makes good nesting sites for lesser whitethroat, yellowhammer and linnet. The margins between scrub and grassland are significant for butterflies - seventeen species have been recorded.

 

The map below is for indication purposes only and does not show the Wildlife Trusts definitive land boundary.

Nearby nature reserves

Byfield Pool
3 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Boddington Meadow
3 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
High Wood and Meadow
4 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
8 miles from
Daventry
Northamptonshire
Map reference
SP 538 517
Best time to visit
Apr - Aug
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
5.70 hectares
Walking information
Uneven grass paths, some steep slopes
Parking
Grass car park near reserve. Please do not park in farmyard or on access track
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
yes
Reserve manager
Tel: 01604 405285
northamptonshire@wildlifebcn.org