Abington Meadows

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Abington Meadows


An urban reserve, restored for wildlife!

Abington Meadows

Abington Meadows

About Abington Meadows

This is an urban reserve just off the A45, and its marshy grassland is home to such a tremendous diversity of wildlife that it falls within the Nene Valley Special Protection Area. The site contains locally rare seminatural wetland habitats, which include wet grassland, marginal vegetation and fen/swamp communities, river backwaters, ponds, reedbed, willow scrub and mature hedgerows. There plenty of wintering birds on site, and interesting plants; this is one of the few sites in Northamptonshire known for pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium), a nationally rare member of the mint family.

It is also an excellent spot for invertebrates – more than 400 species have been recorded here. To manage Abington Meadows, the Trust will graze the meadow with cattle to help maintain the structure of the grass sward, and regularly cut back scrub and willow. Gravel and dirt paths, often wet and sometimes flooded. Grazing animals are on site at certain times of the year. Help fight the rapid decline in wildlife across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire and enjoy some fabulous benefits. From only £3.50 a month.

Visit the website by scanning the QR code below:

01604 405285

How to get here

Weston Mill Lane, Northampton, NN3 3HJ

Green travel options:

Access from the Nene Way.

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