Collyweston Great Wood and Easton Hornstocks National Nature Reserve



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The unique ancient small-leaved lime woodland of the Collyweston Great Wood and Easton Hornstocks NNR is part of the historic Rockingham Forest and rich in wildlife. More unusual woodland plants found here are toothwort, wood spurge, lily-of-the-valley, heath speedwell, wild service tree, mountain melick and great wood-rush. Resident birds include lesser and greater spotted woodpeckers and treecreeper, and kites and buzzard are regularly seen hunting over the woodland. In addition to the dominating small-leaved lime trees, birch, oak and ash are also common, and added interest is provided by open glades, rides and clearings, where slow-worms are often to be seen basking on the edges. There are outstanding displays of woodland flowers including bluebell, primrose, wood anemone and wild garlic in the spring. Woodland birds and butterflies are also plentiful. The woods have been coppiced for centuries and this traditional form of management is continued today on a 15–20-year rotation, which creates the open glades.

Collyweston Great Wood and Easton Hornstocks National Nature Reserve
Phone : 01733 405850


About the area

Discover Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire is a mainly rural county of gentle beauty, with farmland, forest and great country estates. Rivers, canals and meadows are all part of the tranquil scene, providing a haven for wildlife. 

This is a great area for walking, touring and exploring villages of stone and thatch. There are also some impressive Saxon churches at Brixworth and Earls Barton. Northampton is the county town, and along with Kettering, has long been associated with the production of footwear. Kettering was the second largest town until it was overtaken by the rapid development of Corby as a major centre of the steel industry.

Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park is set in Northamptonshire, although it seems that Austen never actually visited the county. Other famous connections include the poet John Dryden (1631-1700) who was born in the tiny village of Aldwincle; King Richard III (1452-1485) born at Fotheringhay Castle; and American revolutionaries George Washington (1732-1799), whose family came from Sulgrave Manor, and Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) whose father was born in another tiny Northamptonshire village called Ecton.

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