NB Four Spotted Chaser (1 Of 1) 3

Summer Leys , Northamptonshire

Event info

This large, ex-gravel pit is made up of a main lake with gently sloping banks, shallow areas of water and ponds, low lying islands, a large scrape and a fringe of reeds surrounded by grassland and wet woodland. An ideal habitat for birds and insects

Waders use the scrape and the shallow lake margins. Oystercatcher, ringed plover, little ringed plover and redshank  breed, while whimbrel, turnstone and common sandpiper often pass through during migration. Numerous pairs of common tern nest in a colony on the islands.

Otters are rare but regular visitors to the reserve, while the taller reeds and rushes around the lake may reveal the ball-shaped woven nests of harvest mice. Sixteen species of dragonflies and damselflies have been recorded here.

Kim’s Corner, a fragment of species-rich neutral grassland, is a good place to watch butterflies. In late summer, it comes alive with the songs of grasshoppers and crickets.

Reserve leaflet with map

Please email annmiles70@gmail.com for further details if you have any queries about the outing or the overnight option.

Free to RPS Members, £5 for non-members

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Event Organiser

Ann Miles


Venue Information

Car park off minor road to Wollaston. Car park open 05:00-19:30 Mar-Oct; 05:00-16:30 Nov-Feb.

Picnic area and Hides. No Toilets


Summer Leys , Northamptonshire

Hardwater Road




NN29 7TD

Summer Leys