Summer Leys

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Summer Leys is an example of how to create the right conditions for a variety of wildlife. Tree sparrows are a particular speciality of the site, with possibly the largest breeding colony in Northamptonshire and one of the largest in Britain. A visit to the feeding station will reward you with close views of this attractive species whose numbers have suffered dramatic declines elsewhere. We provide food and nest boxes to help maintain their numbers.

Wading birds use the scrape and the shallow lake margins. Oystercatcher, ringed plover, little ringed plover and redshank stay to breed, whilst whimbrel, turnstone and common sandpiper pass through during migration. One of the most obvious breeding bird species is the common tern; numerous pairs nest in a colony on the islands where they are safe from predators.

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Wellingborough 3 miles. From A45 heading north, take Great Doddington exit (B573) and follow brown Summer Leys nature reserve signs. Access is via car park off minor road to Wollaston.


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