Stoke Bruerne Brick Pits

Stoke Bruerne Brick Pits - John Farebrother

Stoke Bruerne Brick Pits

A peaceful haven for wildlife next to the Grand Union Canal

Location

7 miles from
Northampton
Northamptonshire
A static map of Stoke Bruerne Brick Pits

Know before you go

Size
6 hectares

Entry fee

No

Grazing animals

Yes

Walking trails

Fairly accessible, although paths can be very wet

Access

Not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

March to June, July to September

About the reserve

This reserve is an old brickworks started after 1792 by the Grand Junction Canal Company to provide material for the canal locks, walls and the Blisworth tunnel. The demise of the brickworks has left a site of considerable variety, with a reed bed, rough and damp grassland, a number of ponds and the redundant side arm of the canal. As well as a variety of plant life, the ponds provide an important habitat for invertebrates, and a number of dragonfly species occur on the reserve. White-legged damselflies have been recorded here, a species which has a very limited distribution in Northamptonshire. The grassland provides cover for a range of small mammals, which also makes it an ideal feeding ground for barn owls.   

Contact us

Contact number: 01604 405285