Ditchford Lakes and Meadows (Nene Wetlands)

An important reserve for breeding and winter birds, with frequent visits from otters


A static map of Ditchford Lakes and Meadows (Nene Wetlands)

Know before you go

31 hectares

Entry fee


Grazing animals


Walking trails

Rough grass paths, flat overall. Some areas soft and muddy, especially in the winter


On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

May to July

About the reserve

Part of the Upper Nene Valley Special Protection Area, this complex of old gravel pits, grassland and scrub is very important for breeding and wintering birds. Areas of the lakes are surrounded by mature scrub, mainly willow, and provide perfect shelter for a range of wildlife. Listen out for the distinctive call of Cetti's warblers from the scrub around the smaller lake.
Otters are frequent visitors to Ditchford Lakes - look out for their footprints in the wet mud. Grass snakes are often seen basking in the sun on the paths during warm mornings.
Take a look at some photos of Ditchford Lakes and Meadows reserve on Oliver Andrews Flickr page.
The map below is for indication purposes only and does not show the Wildlife Trusts definitive land boundary.

Contact us

Contact number: 01604 405285

Environmental designation

Special Protection Areas (SPA)