Lings Nature Reserve

Lings Nature Reserve - Pat Doody

An oasis of woodland and grassland in East Northampton


3 miles from Northampton centre

OS Map Reference

SP 801 638
A static map of Lings

Know before you go

19 hectares

Entry fee


Grazing animals


Walking trails

A level surfaced track runs in a circuit throughout part of this reserve


Suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs


On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

All year round

About the reserve

This popular local nature reserve in the eastern district of Northampton includes woodland, scrub, ponds and acid grassland. Woodland areas range from plantations of mature sweet chestnut, Douglas fir and larch to areas which are returning to more native woodland with naturally regenerating birch, rowan, oak and holly. Wood anemone, dog's mercury, violets and climbing corydalis are all found in the woodland.

The acid grassland areas include typical species such as sheep's sorrel and gorse and rarities such as the tiny birdsfoot. Dragonflies, damselflies, frogs and newts all breed in the ponds at the site.

The Wildlife Trust's Northampton Office is also based within the reserve.    

Download the nature reserve leaflet.

Contact us

Reserves Manager
Contact number: 01604 405285

Environmental designation

Local Nature Reserve (LNR)