Speckled wood butterfly

Speckled wood butterfly - Tom Marshall 

Finedon Cally Banks

Part of an old ironstone workings now reclaimed by nature


3 miles from

OS Map Reference

SP 902 712
A static map of Finedon Cally Banks

Know before you go

3 hectares

Entry fee


Grazing animals


Walking trails

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


Unsuitable for wheelchairs


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.  

Additional information

  • 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. 

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Contact us

Contact number: 01604 405285

Location map

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Betony at Upwood Meadows June  - c. Robert Enderby

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