Kingsthorpe Meadow

Kingsthorpe Meadow

A picturesque series of meadows close to the heart of Northampton

Location

town centre
Northampton
Northamptonshire

OS Map Reference

SP 746 627
A static map of Kingsthorpe Meadow

Know before you go

Size
15 hectares

Entry fee

No

Grazing animals

Yes

Walking trails

Paths generally level, main path is tarmac, minor paths can be muddy. Steps at entrance and on one bridge

Access

Suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April to June, July to September

About the reserve

This Local Nature Reserve lies between the Kingsthorpe and Kingsheath areas of Northampton on the Brampton arm of the River Nene, and is an important part of the green corridor network running through the town. Many species of dragonfly and damselflies, including the white legged damselfly, can be seen by the river and ponds. A variety of moths and butterflies can be found in the meadow. Sneezewort has been recorded on the riverbank and the meadows contain many species such as meadow saxifrage, great burnet and lesser stitchwort.

The river meanders through the reserve slowly in the summer in contrast to the winter months when it rushes through the reserve, regularly overflowing its banks and flooding over the meadows. Kingfishers can often be seen darting along the river feeding on the many small fish which can be seen in the shallow waters. There are also a number of ponds and wet areas on the site which attract waders such as snipe in the winter months. Areas of scrub and hedge provide cover for foxes and a variety of birds including cuckoos.   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

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)