Barnes Meadow

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Barnes Meadow
River Nene in Barnes Meadow 6.jpg
The River Nene in Barnes Meadow
Type Local Nature Reserve
Location Northampton
OS grid SP 768 597
Area 29.4 hectares
Managed by Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire

Barnes Meadow is a 29.4 hectare Local Nature Reserve in Northampton. [1] [2] An area of 20 hectares is managed by the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. [3]

Northampton Place in England

Northampton is the county town of Northamptonshire in the East Midlands of England. It lies on the River Nene, about 67 miles (108 km) north-west of London and 54 miles (87 km) south-east of Birmingham. It is one of the largest towns in the UK. Northampton had a population of 212,100 in the 2011 census.

Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire registered charity which manages 126 nature reserves covering 3,945 hectares across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire in the United Kingdom

The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire (WTBCN) is a registered charity which manages 126 nature reserves covering 3,945 hectares. It has over 35,000 members, and 95% of people in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire live within five miles of a reserve. In the year to 31 March 2016 it employed 105 people and had an income of £5.1 million. It aims to conserve wildlife, inspire people to take action for wildlife, offer advice and share knowledge. The WTBCN is one of 36 wildlife trusts covering England, and 47 covering the whole of the United Kingdom.

The site includes a stretch of the River Nene, meadows and a redundant arm of the river. There are many dragonflies including brown hawkers, and a large population of grass snakes. Birds include grey herons, kingfishers and great crested grebes. [1] [3]

River Nene river in the east of England

The River Nene is a river in the east of England that rises from three sources in Northamptonshire. The tidal river is about 100 miles (160 km) long, about 3.7 miles (6.0 km) of which forms the border between Cambridgeshire and Norfolk. It is the tenth-longest river in the United Kingdom, and is navigable for 88 miles (142 km), from Northampton to The Wash.

Brown hawker species of insect

The brown hawker is a large dragonfly about 73 millimetres (2.9 in) long. It is a distinctive species and is easily recognised, even in flight, by its brown body and bronze wings. At rest, blue spots on the second and third segments of the male's abdomen can be noticed; these are absent in female.

Grass snake species of reptile

The grass snake, sometimes called the ringed snake or water snake, is a Eurasian non-venomous snake. It is often found near water and feeds almost exclusively on amphibians. The barred grass snake, Natrix helvetica, was split off as a separate species in 2017.

There is access from the Nene Way footpath, which passes through the site.

Nene Way

The Nene Way is a waymarked long-distance footpath in England running through the English counties of Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire. It generally follows the course of the River Nene.

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References

  1. 1 2 "Barnes Meadow". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. 22 March 2013. Archived from the original on 21 December 2016. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  2. "Map of Barnes Meadow". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  3. 1 2 "Barnes Meadow". Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. Archived from the original on 2017-02-19. Retrieved 30 April 2017.

Coordinates: 52°13′48″N0°52′37″W / 52.23°N 0.877°W / 52.23; -0.877

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