Higham Ferrers Pits

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Higham Ferrers Pits
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Higham Ferrers Pits
TypeNature reserve
LocationHigham Ferrers, Northamptonshire
OS grid SP 950 698
Area10 hectares
Managed byWildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire

Higham Ferrers Pits is a 10 hectare 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 internationally important wetland site [4] and Special Protection Area under the EC Birds Directive. [5]

This narrow strip of grassland next to the River Nene is a refuge for breeding and wintering birds such as little grebes, shovelers, reed warblers, gadwalls and reed buntings. There are diverse damselflies and dragonflies. [1]

The Nene Way long distance footpath goes through the site.

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References

  1. 1 2 "Higham Ferrers Pits". Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. Archived from the original on 23 December 2016. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  2. "Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits citation" (PDF). Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  3. "Map of Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  4. "Information Sheet on Ramsar Wetlands (RIS): Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits" (PDF). Joint Nature Conservation Committee. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  5. "Special Protection Areas under the EC Birds Directive. Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits" (PDF). Joint Nature Conservation Committee. Retrieved 27 March 2017.

Coordinates: 52°18′32″N0°36′32″W / 52.309°N 0.609°W / 52.309; -0.609