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Great Oakley Meadow

A small but attractive haven for wildlife and local people to visit

This meadow is the best remaining fragment of the ancient field system of Great Oakley. The prominent ridge and furrow at the southern end has a different mix of species to the wetter, northern part. The drier tops of the ridges display a colourful mosaic of species, including cowslips, common knapweed and quaking-grass. The alternating damp furrows are much poorer in species with meadow fescue and tufted hair-grass dominating, while the area closest to the brook supports more plants characteristic of damp ground, such as cuckooflower, hairy sedge and great burnet.

The hedgerows are popular feeding grounds for birds. Buntings and finches, including yellowhammer, goldfinch and linnet are attracted by the plentiful supply of seeds and invertebrates. Flocks of redwings and fieldfares are regular winter visitors, foraging on both the grassland and hedges. On summer evenings, flocks of swallows, swifts and house martins feed on insects over the meadow.


Great Oakley reserve leaflet

Great Oakley reserve map


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Nearby nature reserves

King's Wood
1 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Barford Wood and Meadows
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Tailby Meadow
4 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire

Nature reserve map

Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2012. For indicative purposes does not show exact boundaries.

Reserve information

1 mile from Corby
Map reference
SP 863 856
Best time to visit
May - Jul
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Opening Times
Open at all times
2.00 hectares

Walking information
Slight slope, meadow is tussocky with wet areas
Park in pull-in just before gate to tobacco factory or in housing estate on left hand side of the road
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Tel: 01604 405285


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