Tailby Meadow

Tailby Meadow

Traditional flower rich hay meadow on the banks of the River Ise

Location

On the edge of
Northamptonshire
Desborough
A static map of Tailby Meadow

Know before you go

Size
5 hectares

Entry fee

No

Grazing animals

Yes

Walking trails

Well-defined paths through the meadow, some areas become very muddy in winter

Access

Not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April to September

About the reserve

Last century the River Ise was re-directed through a straightened, deeper channel that dried out the site and reduced the diversity of plant life. After several attempts the original channel along the reserve's southern boundary was reinstated in 2012 allowing the water to flow through the old channel once more. 

In summer, the reserve is alive with insects; butterflies and damselflies are the most distinctive. The red-eyed damselfly emerges from the water around mid-May and its flight season lasts until mid-August.You may see the adults resting on floating vegetation.

The grassland contains a diverse mix of wildflowers, including cuckooflower, which is a food source for the orange-tip butterfly. Lady's bedstraw adds a splash of yellow from July to August and pignut can also be seen. This is the food plant of the chimney sweeper moth, a small day-flying, black moth with white tips to its wings.   

Download the Tailby Reserve Leaflet

Contact us

Contact number: 01604 405285

Environmental designation

Local Nature Reserve (LNR)

Tailby Meadow Leaflet