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Twywell Hills and Dales

The Wildlife Trust no longer manages the Twywell Hills and Dales Nature Reserve, which is currently being looked after by East Northamptonshire Council in partnership with Rockingham Forest Trust and The Woodland Trust. The council are reviewing the arrangements for managing this complex nature reserve, which includes a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The site remains open for visitors.

The deep gullet along the length of the reserve was formed by ironstone extraction, which exposed limestone banks. Where these are damp they provide an ideal home for hart's-tongue fern, while the clearer slopes have typical an impressive display of limestone grassland.

The large pond on the reserve is unusual as it lies over contrasting acid and calcareous soils, and supports a wide range of plant and insect life. Great crested newts are known to breed in the pond and kingfishers are often seen.

The northern area known as Whitestones was formed from limestone spoil, and the young invading scrub makes an ideal habitat for a wide range of invertebrates including dingy and grizzled skippers, green hairstreak butterflies and ground beetles. Red kite is an increasingly common visitor, circling overhead.

The pond has an extensive reedbed and is home to a large colony of great crested newts.


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

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Nature reserve map

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

Reserve information

5 miles from
Map reference
SP 938 772
Best time to visit
Jan - Sep
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39.00 hectares
Walking information
Some steep slopes and steps, some areas muddy in winter
Car park at reserve entrance
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
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Tel: 01832 742000


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