A very interesting day, with the highlight being my first ever visit to Hampton Nature Reserve! The reserve is a three hundred acre site on the edge of Peterborough and is home to Europe’s largest population of Great Crested Newts (Triturus cristatus), estimated at over 30,000 individuals. The area is a former clay extraction site for brick production which has left a legacy of over 300 ponds and an amazing array of species, both aquatic and terrestrial. The site is legally protected as SAC, SSSI and Natura 2000 site.
The site is managed by Froglife and owned by Value Nature, part of the O&H Hampton group.
|view looking southwest across part of the reserve|
|reptile basking area|
Below this part of the reserve has a real uniqueness, due to the way the clay had to be extracted in these linear lines with the earth piled into small heaps. Although my images do not do it real justice, some compare it to a moonscape but, to me it looks much more like a sand dune landscape!
|Paul talking about management for the Great Crested Newt and and one of the rarest plant species in the UK the Bearded Stonewort|