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Barford Wood and Meadows

A haven of tranquility and wildlife, once part of the former Rockingham Forest

Once part of Rockingham Forest – which until the late 1700s was a large expanse of woodland, parkland and small-scale farmland – this reserve contains habitats that include hay meadows, parkland and newly-planted woodland. 

The hay meadow is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, rich with flowers of various colours in early summer. The blossoms lure many butterflies with their nectar: orange tip, small copper, dingy, grizzled and a variety of small and large skippers. The larvae of the day-flying chimney sweeper moth feed on the pignut that grows in the meadow alongside other flowers such as meadow saxifrage, common knapweed and great burnet.

Once the meadow has been cut for hay we graze it with sheep to limit the growth of grasses. The woodland area is divided between mixed plantings of young oak, ash and field maple and areas of coppice hazel with open glades between.  


Barford Woods and Meadows leaflet (pdf).


The map below is for indication purposes only and does not show the Wildlife Trusts definitive land boundary.

Nearby nature reserves

Great Oakley Meadow
2 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Tailby Meadow
3 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
King's Wood
3 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire

Nature reserve map

Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2012. For indicative purposes does not show exact boundaries.

Reserve information

East of
NN14 1BN
Map reference
SP 860 832
Great for...
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Opening Times
Open at all times
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36.00 hectares
Living Landscape schemes
Rockingham Forest Woodlands

Walking information
Flat overall, tarmac or firm grass paths. Part of reserve prone to flooding after heavy rain.
Park in Rushton and walk along footpath to reserve
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Grazed with sheep
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Tel: 01604 405285


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