Old railway cuttings; an important refuge for birds and butterflies

Location

8 miles from
Daventry
Northamptonshire
A static map of Woodford Halse

Know before you go

Size
6 hectares

Entry fee

No

Grazing animals

Yes

Walking trails

Uneven grass paths, some steep slopes

Access

Not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April to August

About the reserve

Two railway cuttings excavated around 100 years ago are now an important mosaic of scrub and grassland. The work exposed calcareous soil and the resulting grassland supports a number of plant species which are rare in the county. Over 160 species of flowering plant have been recorded, including knapweed and scabious. Adder's-tongue fern is found in some areas that are shaded by scrub.

The denser scrub provides winter feeding grounds for birds including fieldfare, redwing and wheatear and makes good nesting sites for lesser whitethroat, yellowhammer and linnet. The margins between scrub and grassland are significant for butterflies - seventeen species have been recorded.   

Contact us

Contact number: 01604 405285