Southfield Farm

Southfield Farm - David Price

Southfield Farm Marsh

A spring fed marsh within a mosaic of grassland and scrub beside the River Ise

Location

2.5 miles from
Kettering
Northamptonshire

OS Map Reference

SP 886 759
A static map of Southfield Farm Marsh

Know before you go

Size
3 hectares

Entry fee

No

Grazing animals

Yes

Walking trails

Path generally level although areas can become very muddy and occasionally flooded during the winter

Access

Accessible 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

The River Ise was diverted when the A14 was built, and the former meander now forms a second channel. An old oxbow remains, dominated by meadowsweet and wild angelica. The main wetland area east of the ditch contains the majority of marshland plants such as lesser pond-sedge, slender tufted-sedge, and water forget-me-not. Reed bunting and sedge warbler can be found among the tall vegetation.

The grassland supports flowers such as purple-loosestrife and slender tufted-sedge. Collapsed willow pollards line the old course of the river, providing habitats for a variety of insects and birds. Their roots and hollow trunks are ideal resting places for otters. The only sign of these elusive mammals that most visitors will see is their spraints on the culverts. The mosaic of habitats supports a variety of insects including soldierflies, craneflies and hoverflies. In the summer varieties of dragonflies and damselflies can be found along the river.  

Contact us

Contact number: 01604 405285

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)