Twywell Hills and Dales visit

The RSPB Mid-Nene Local Group visited a local nature reserve, Twywell Hills and Dales between Kettering and Thrapston, on 12 May 2024 for a walk and social meeting. Twywell Hills and Dales is managed by the Land Trust, and is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest for it’s botany, it is also known as one of the best places for butterflies in Northamptonshire.

The group met in the car park at 10 am before splitting into groups to head off in walks of different lengths. The sun was shining and it was set to be a beautiful May day, with temperatures close to 25 degrees! As the day warmed more butterflies became more active.

Walking through the shrub the group were surrounding by a cacophony of birdsong; dunnocks, willow warblers, chiffchaffs, blue tits, blackcaps, goldfinches and robins.

We spotted a variety of butterflies including Brimstone, Common Blue, Small Heath, Orang Tips, Large Whites, Dingy Skipper and Grizzled Skipper. Plus damselflies, broad-bodied chaser and hairy dragonflies around the ponds. A star species spotted by Dave Caswell was the Green hairstreak, a small butterfly found in dry scrubby habitats.

For the birders we saw Willow Warblers, Yellowhammers, Blackcaps, Whitethroat, Common Buzzard and many Red Kites were gliding across the sky.

The different habitats including scrub, woodland, grassland and gullet provided a variety of different habitats for wildflowers and fauna. The group finished the walk with a coffee and chat in the sunshine, a great way to spend a Sunday morning.

Claire Sycamore-Howe, Publicity Officer

Photos provided by RSPB Mid-Nene Local Group member John Windust:

Photos provided by RSPB Mid-Nene Local Group member Sharon Ingram: