Great Oakley Meadow. credit Pat Doody

Great Oakley Meadow

A small but attractive haven for wildlife and local people to visit

Location

1 mile from Corby
Corby
Northamptonshire

OS Map Reference

SP 863 856
A static map of Great Oakley Meadow

Know before you go

Size
2 hectares

Entry fee

No

Grazing animals

Yes

Walking trails

Slight slope, meadow is tussocky with wet areas

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 July

About the reserve

This meadow is the best remaining fragment of the ancient field system of Great Oakley. The prominent ridge and furrow at the southern end has a different mix of species to the wetter, northern part. The drier tops of the ridges display a colourful mosaic of species, including cowslips, common knapweed and quaking-grass. The alternating damp furrows are much poorer in species with meadow fescue and tufted hair-grass dominating, while the area closest to the brook supports more plants characteristic of damp ground, such as cuckooflower, hairy sedge and great burnet.

The hedgerows are popular feeding grounds for birds. Buntings and finches, including yellowhammer, goldfinch and linnet are attracted by the plentiful supply of seeds and invertebrates. Flocks of redwings and fieldfares are regular winter visitors, foraging on both the grassland and hedges. On summer evenings, flocks of swallows, swifts and house martins feed on insects over the meadow.   Great Oakley reserve leaflet   The map below is for indication purposes only and does not show the Wildlife Trusts definitive land boundary.

Contact us

Contact number: 01604 405285