Farthinghoe

Farthinghoe - Nick Brooks

Farthinghoe

A former landfill site now transformed into an oasis for wildflowers and insects

Location

Purston Lane 4.5 miles west of
Brackley
Northamptonshire

OS Map Reference

SP 518 403
A static map of Farthinghoe

Know before you go

Size
4 hectares

Entry fee

No

Grazing animals

No

Walking trails

Steep steps at entrance; paths generally firm and level

Access

Unsuitable for wheelchairs 

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

All year round

About the reserve

This small, amazingly diverse site is now a mosaic of developing woodland, open grassland and ponds. The meadows are improving each year as a result of better management with the return of some of the old meadow flowers such as lady's bedstraw, meadow vetchling and snake's-head fritillary.

The ponds and wet areas attract dragonflies and damselflies from the nearby lake and stream and in late July it is possible to find beautiful demoiselle damselflies in good numbers. There is also a colony of marbled white butterflies on the site.

Pipistrelle and noctule bats find an ideal hunting ground here. Among the birds are treecreeper, bullfinch, breeding sparrowhawk, several species of warbler and long-tailed tit. 

Contact us

Contact number: 01604 405285