Broadwalks and Thorpe Meadows

Broadwalks and Thorpe Meadows

The Boardwalks Local Nature Reserve is a hidden gem in the heart of Peterborough,  located on the north side of the River Nene.

The site lies on ex industrial land and was created in the mid 1980’s, when most of the ponds were dug and additional trees were planted. It was designated as a Local Nature Reserve in 1991 and as a County Wildlife Site due to its distinct vegetation mosaic, amphibian populations and a water beetle assemblage of county importance. The site currently contains an interesting habitat mosaic including over 25 ponds of various sizes, varied vegetation structure, wet and tussocky grassland, scrub and wet woodland. 

There are now three nature trails: around the meadows, through the boardwalk area and alongside the River Nene. Look out for maps and arrows to guide you, and bring along some paper and a pencil so you can collect all ten rubbing plate designs

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