Bugbrooke Meadow credit. Edgar Giles

Bugbrooke Meadow

Possibly the most diverse meadow in the county, rich in wildflowers and insects

Location

6 miles from
Northampton
Northamptonshire

OS Map Reference

SP 672 586
A static map of Bugbrooke Meadow

Know before you go

Size
2 hectares

Entry fee

No

Grazing animals

Yes

Walking trails

Reserve prone to flooding and soft footing after rain

Access

Unsuitable for wheelchairs

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

May 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.   

Scroll down to see the reserve boundary. Please note the boundary map is for indication purposes only and does not show the Wildlife Trusts definitive land boundary.

Contact us

Contact number: 01604 405285

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

Location map