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Kingsthorpe Meadow

A picturesque series of meadows close to the heart of Northampton

This Local Nature Reserve lies between the Kingsthorpe and Kingsheath areas of Northampton on the Brampton arm of the River Nene, and is an important part of the green corridor network running through the town. Many species of dragonfly and damselflies, including the white legged damselfly, can be seen by the river and ponds. A variety of moths and butterflies can be found in the meadow. Sneezewort has been recorded on the riverbank and the meadows contain many species such as meadow saxifrage, great burnet and lesser stitchwort.

The river meanders through the reserve slowly in the summer in contrast to the winter months when it rushes through the reserve, regularly overflowing its banks and flooding over the meadows. Kingfishers can often be seen darting along the river feeding on the many small fish which can be seen in the shallow waters. There are also a number of ponds and wet areas on the site which attract waders such as snipe in the winter months. Areas of scrub and hedge provide cover for foxes and a variety of birds including cuckoos.

Kingsthorpe Meadow Reserve map


The map below is for indication purposes only and does not show the Wildlife Trusts definitive land boundary.

Nearby nature reserves

Bradlaugh Fields
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Harlestone Heath
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Storton's Pits and Duston Mill Meadow
2 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

town centre
Map reference
SP 746 627
Best time to visit
Apr - Jun
Jul - Sep
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Opening Times
Open at all times
15.00 hectares

Walking information
Paths generally level, main path is tarmac, minor paths can be muddy. Steps at entrance and on one bridge
Park in housing estate nearby
Dogs must be on lead
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Tel: 01604 405285