Northamptonshire Wildlife Diary

Highlights of the wildlife year around Northamptonshire

Wildlife Diary
Highlights of the wildlife year around Northamptonshire

January
Pitsford Res - Winter ducks and gulls
An afternoon at the Dam end of Pitsford Reservoir looking for winter ducks and gulls. Pitsford has one of the largest gull roosts in Northamptonshire and numbers build up in the hour before dusk.

February
Clifford Hill GP and Nene Barrage - Golden Plover and winter ducks
Delapre Abbey - Trees and early flowers

March
Salcey Forest - Lords and Ladies, Catkins and Roding Woodcock

April
Barnack - Pasque Flower and Holly Blue
Summerleys - Migrant birds
Pitsford Reservoir - Migrant birds

May
Fermyn Wood - Dawn chorus
This is an ideal site to enjoy the dawn chorus. Parts of Fermyn Wood do not suffer from traffic noise pollution and there are no major commercial flight paths crossing the east end of the county.
Glapthorn Cow Pastures - Dawn chorus
Probably the best site in Northamptonshire to enjoy the dawn chorus.
Brigstock CP - Butterflies and Dragonflies
Summerleys - Birds and Hairy Dragonfly
Badby Wood and Fawsley Park Lakes - Birds

June
Nene near Yarwell – Dragonflies
Collyweston Delphs – Flowers
Salcey Forest - Butterflies

July
Glapthorn Cow Pastures - Black Hairstreak
Fermyn Wood - Butterflies
Summerleys- Dragonflies

August
Summerleys- Dragonflies

September
Daventry CP - Migrant birds
Short Wood and Southwick Wood - Fungi

October
Salcey Forest - Fungi
Salcey Forest is one of the best sites for fungi in Northamptonshire. A day in late October after wet weather could prduce 100 species.
Harlestone Firs - Fungi
Harlestone Firs has a wide range of habitats for fungi and an afternoon walk should produce 50+ species.

November
Blatherwyke - Red Kites, Deer, Hares, winter thrushes

December
Summerleys - Winter Ducks