Know before you go
Flat overall, either tarmac or firm grass paths
Unsuitable for wheelchairs
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitMay to September, October to January
About the reserve
These three meadows on either side of the River Nene encompass a wide range of grassland and wetland habitats. These include a redundant arm of the Nene, the river itself, Hardingstone Dyke and a variety of recently created ditches and shallow scrapes. The scrapes make particularly good feeding grounds for many visiting bird species including waders such as snipe. Peregrine falcons hunt overhead, and the reserve is home to heron and kingfisher. Great crested grebe and tern can be seen feeding on the river. The sheltered water and margins are also home to many dragonflies and damselflies, including the distinctive brown hawker. The meadows are grazed with cattle and we dredge the ditches on rotation to maintain a good habitat for dragonfly larvae and other aquatic invertebrates.