Speckled wood butterfly

Speckled wood butterfly - Tom Marshall 

Finedon Cally Banks

Part of an old ironstone workings now reclaimed by nature

Location

3 miles from
Wellingborough
Northamptonshire

OS Map Reference

SP 902 712
A static map of Finedon Cally Banks

Know before you go

Size
3 hectares

Entry fee

No

Grazing animals

No

Walking trails

Paths are narrow and uneven in places. Long flight of steps

Access

Unsuitable for wheelchairs

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April to June, July to September

About the reserve

The site is linked to the quarry first worked in the 1870s at Finedon Pocket Park. The ore was transported along a specially constructed railway to what is now the reserve.

The name Cally Banks comes from the process of burning iron ore to remove impurities, leaving a deposit called calcine which provides the poor soil conditions in which wildflowers flourish. Look for beautiful speckled wood butterflies among these flowers in spring and autumn. 

Crickets, dragonflies and wetland flora also thrive here, while hawthorn and blackthorn scrub is a haven for warblers.  

 

Contact us

Contact number: 01604 405285