Old Sulehay Nature Reserve

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Old Sulehay Nature Reserve photograph
Old Sulehay Nature Reserve

Old Sulehay Nature Reserve

Situated 7 miles from Stamford, Old Sulehay is a picturesque patchwork of limestone quarries, grassland, woodland and wetland. The disused quarries provide a valuable wildlife habitat in their own right. Glow-worms can be seen in June in the longer grass. Many of the wildflowers found here are rare in Northamptonshire and they attract a wide range of butterflies. In May look for the grizzled skipper butterfly in Stonepit Close.


The areas of scrub support several bird species, such as whitethroat and bullfinch pictured. Listen for the distinctive ringing laugh of the green woodpecker in the summer. Great and lesser spotted woodpeckers live in the woodland along with nuthatch and treecreeper. Invertebrates thrive in the sun-warmed paths and rides and feed on dogwood and bramble.

Using wildflower seeds collected from other sites in the area, the Sammock's Hill area of the reserve is being restored.

Raptors include Red kite, common buzzard


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