Know before you go
Reserve prone to flooding and soft footing after rain
Unsuitable for wheelchairs
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitMay to July
About the reserve
This small secluded reserve is a remnant of the grassland once common along the banks of the river Nene. Much of the southern half of the site is is spring-fed flush (mire) wet all year round, while the northern half next to the river is winter flooded. Much of the botanical richness is a consequence of these two distinct types of water source.
The main ditch supports a number of water plants, including lesser spearwort and common spikerush, and there are patches of bright yellow marsh-marigold in spring. Also in spring, the small pink flowers of marsh valerian can also be found throughout the meadow, often in large numbers. In early summer there is a fine display of southern marsh orchids, a real treat to see in full flower.