Bugbrooke Meadow credit. Edgar Giles

Bugbrooke Meadow

Possibly the most diverse meadow in the county, rich in wildflowers and insects

Location

6 miles from
Northampton
Northamptonshire

OS Map Reference

SP 672 586
A static map of Bugbrooke Meadow

Know before you go

Size
2 hectares

Entry fee

No

Grazing animals

Yes

Walking trails

Reserve prone to flooding and soft footing after rain

Access

Unsuitable for wheelchairs

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

May to July

About the reserve

This small secluded reserve is a remnant of the grassland once common along the banks of the river Nene. Much of the southern half of the site is is spring-fed flush (mire) wet all year round, while the northern half next to the river is winter flooded. Much of the botanical richness is a consequence of these two distinct types of water source.  

The main ditch supports a number of water plants, including lesser spearwort and common spikerush, and there are patches of bright yellow marsh-marigold in spring. Also in spring, the small pink flowers of marsh valerian can also be found throughout the meadow, often in large numbers. In early summer there is a fine display of southern marsh orchids, a real treat to see in full flower.   

Contact us

Contact number: 01604 405285

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)