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Northampton Washlands

Northampton Washlands

 

The Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits is of international importance for more than 20,000 over-wintering birds. In 2011 the site gained international recognition through designation as a Special Protection Area (SPA) under the EU Birds Directive. Northampton Washlands is one of the most important sites, supporting more birds than any other in the SPA. The site receives the same level of protection as internationally important wildlife sites such as the Camargue in France and the Coto Donana in Spain.

The site is important for the numbers and diversity of over-wintering waders and ducks, especially Golden Plover and Gadwall. In the summer there are vulnerable breeding birds including Redshank and Lapwing. Links to information on recent sightings and information about the bird species can be found below.

Natural England is working with partners to conserve this important site and ensure that the interests of the wildlife can be met together with access, flood management and other interests. Extensive survey work has shown that irresponsible visitors and dogs can have a severely negative impact, disturbing both over-wintering and breeding birds. By respecting the access arrangements the sensitive wildlife will be safeguarded, as well as the Washlands, making it enjoyable for all. The information boards on site provide details of separate routes for dogs kept on leads and for dogs free to explore.

 

Latest Northampton Washlands Publications [PDF Downloads]

  •   Northampton Washlands Interpretation Panel

    A new information board has been designed to be installed at the Northampton Washlands. The board outlines the sites international importance for birds both locally and internationally and features illustrations provided by RSPB. It will be installed shortly at entrances to the area and will also be used as part of a new leaflet.   [ 1MB ]

  •   New Northampton Washlands Interpretation Panel

    A new information board has been designed to be installed at the Northampton Washlands. The board outlines the sites international importance for birds both locally and internationally and features illustrations provided by RSPB. It will be installed shortly at entrances to the area and will also be used as part of a new leaflet.   [ 1MB ]

  •   New Northampton Washlands Leaflet

    A new information leaflet is now available to provide information and access details for the Northampton washlands, 'One of the most important refuges for wetland birds in Europe'.   [ 3MB ]

  •   Northampton Washlands SPA Information

    Northampton Washlands is one of the most important sites supporting more birds than any other in the SPA.   [ 1MB ]

  •   Northampton Washlands Display Panel

    The Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits is of international importance for 20,000 over-wintering birds, and its populations of gadwall, golden plover and bittern, with over 2000 golden plover visiting the site.   [ 582KB ]

Other Publications  

  Northampton Washlands Gallery

  • New Interpretation Panels Installed
  • New Interpretation Panels Installed
  • New Interpretation Panels Installed
  • New Interpretation Panels Installed

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