Speckled wood butterfly

Speckled wood butterfly - Tom Marshall 

Harlestone Heath

A small strip of acid heathland, which is very rare within Northamptonshire

Location

4 miles from
Northampton
Northamptonshire

OS Map Reference

SP 721 646
A static map of Harlestone Heath

Know before you go

Size
3 hectares

Entry fee

No

Grazing animals

Yes

Walking trails

3/4-mile walk along tarmac and sandy tracks. Access through the Firs can be wet and muddy. Reserve generally level but anthills are present

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

This small site was left as a fire break between the Firs conifer plantation and the railway line. It has since developed into a secluded little reserve and is one of the few last remaining areas of acid heathland in the county. A stream runs through the reserve and there is also a pond, a marshy area and two different types of grassland, which gives a great variety of habitats for such a small site.

A range of acid grassland plants can be found here including gorse and broom. Green woodpeckers can often be seen feeding on the large nests of wood ants under the trees or on nests of meadow ants out in the grassland.   

Contact us

Contact number: 01604 405285