Ditchford Lakes and Meadows

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Ditchford Lakes and Meadows
Crossing the Meadows at Ditchford Lakes Nature Reserve - June 2009 - panoramio.jpg
Ditchford Lakes and Meadows
TypeNature reserve
LocationHigham Ferrers, Northamptonshire
OS grid SP 930 678
Area31.1 hectares
Managed byWildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire

Ditchford Lakes and Meadows is a 31.1-hectare (77-acre) nature reserve Northamptonshire. It is managed by the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. [1] It is part of the Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits Site of Special Scientific Interest, [2] [3] Ramsar wetland site of international importance, [4] and Special Protection Area under the European Communities Birds Directive. [5]

This site has lakes in old gravel pits which are used by wintering and breeding birds such as Cetti's warblers, coots, oystercatchers and grey herons. The lakes are also visited by otters. There are areas of grassland and willow scrub. [1]

There is access from Ditchford Road. [1]

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References

  1. 1 2 3 "Ditchford Lakes and Meadows". Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. Archived from the original on 25 February 2017. Retrieved 24 December 2016.
  2. "Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits citation" (PDF). Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  3. "Map of Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  4. "Information Sheet on Ramsar Wetlands (RIS): Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits" (PDF). Joint Nature Conservation Committee. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  5. "Special Protection Areas under the EC Birds Directive. Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits" (PDF). Joint Nature Conservation Committee. Retrieved 19 December 2016.

Coordinates: 52°18′00″N0°38′17″W / 52.3°N 0.638°W / 52.3; -0.638