A mosaic of wetland habitats attracting an abundance of wildlife

Location

On the eastern edge of
Northampton
Northamptonshire
NN1 5NG

OS Map Reference

SP 770 597
A static map of Barnes Meadow

Know before you go

Size
20 hectares

Entry fee

No

Grazing animals

Yes

Walking trails

Flat overall, either tarmac or firm grass paths

Access

Suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

May to September, October to January

About the reserve

These three meadows on either side of the River Nene encompass a wide range of grassland and wetland habitats. These include a redundant arm of the Nene, the river itself, Hardingstone Dyke and a variety of recently created ditches and shallow scrapes. The scrapes make particularly good feeding grounds for many visiting bird species including waders such as snipe. Peregrine falcons hunt overhead, and the reserve is home to heron and kingfisher. Great crested grebe and tern can be seen feeding on the river. The sheltered water and margins are also home to many dragonflies and damselflies, including the distinctive brown hawker. The meadows are grazed with cattle and we dredge the ditches on rotation to maintain a good habitat for dragonfly larvae and other aquatic invertebrates.  

Contact us

Contact number: 01604 405285

Environmental designation

Local Nature Reserve (LNR)