Boddington Meadow credit. Jane Pearman

Boddington Meadow

A rare fragment of meadow rich with wildflowers and butterflies; a real joy to visit

Location

Boddington Road
Byfield
Northamptonshire
NN11 6UD
Daventry

OS Map Reference

SP 494 531
A static map of Boddington Meadow

Know before you go

Size
2 hectares

Entry fee

No

Grazing animals

Yes

Walking trails

Reserve paths of grass; mostly even. Steep steps and stile at entrance to reserve

Access

No wheelchair access

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

May to August

About the reserve

This site has never been ploughed, and as a result retains much of the wildlife that has lived here for centuries. We manage it as a traditional meadow, harvesting hay in late summer followed by grazing. The varied flora attracts a wide range of insects. The most frequently recorded butterflies are orange tip, peacock, small tortoiseshell, meadow brown and ringlet, and the red-headed cardinal beetle is just one of 48 species of beetle known to live here. 

The wildflowers include great burnet, pepper-saxifrage and pignut. In summer betony shows an impressive display of colour, along with the purple-blue of devil’s-bit scabious. We have collected the seeds of wildflowers here to sow at other meadows as part of the Coronation Meadows scheme. Hedgelaying on a rotation maintains a bushy barrier for the meadow, and provides a home for many birds such as finches and blackcap and other warblers.  

Contact us

Contact number: 01604 405285