Stukeley Meadows Local Nature Reserve is an 11 acre site made up of grassland, bramble thickets and wetland next to Stukeley Meadows housing estate in Huntingdon.
The reserve is located between Wertheim Way, Stukeley Road and Ullswater or just on your left as you turn into Wertheim Way.
You can access the reserve from Stukeley Road, Wertheim Way (opposite Homebase on Stukeley Road) or Crummock Water.
Wildlife and management
The wide variety of habitats on the site provides homes for insects, including butterflies and bushcrickets.
Barrack Brook runs through the reserve and, because it appears to be no more than a concrete channel for draining flood water away from the housing estate, its delights are not immediately apparent. On closer inspection, you can spot stickleback fish darting in and out of the watercress-lined edge. Other residents are loaches and, during spring, frogs, toads and even kingfishers have been spotted catching the stickleback.
We have developed a mowing regime to improve the long grass areas and the edges along the banks of the brook and to protect the large numbers of bee orchids found on the reserve.
The site is perfect for a relaxing walk, a bike ride or kite flying and playing football.
Schools are more than welcome to visit the site for a morning or an afternoon. Children from Stukeley Meadows School have been taken pond dipping, minibeast hunting and generally having fun discovering the resident plants and animals.
Have a look at our School Visits brochure for details about the activities we can offer.
‘Trim trail’ play equipment for children (maintained by Huntingdon Town Council)
There are no toilets at the reserve.