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Bradlaugh Fields Park Ranger
Our new park ranger is Jason Toyne he can be contacted on:
We can now bring you live feed of our webcam's on the internet click the image to see the camera video feed, using the name user as a login and user as password combination. NB This system does not work if your are currently using Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome, please ensure active-x settings are enabled too.
"Thank you for inviting us to Bradlaugh Fields, my favourite activity was the caterpillar trail, as you went up a hill and down with a blind fold on and it was a laugh" - Ellie-Frances
Welcome to new website of Bradlaugh Fields & Barn community wildlife park, this new website gives you a chance to find out more about the local wildlife and green space on your back door in Northampton. It covers a huge area stretching from Moulton Park down to Kingsthorpe and accross to Spinney Hill. With local help and companies such as Barclaycard and groups like the wildlife trust we have managed to keep the fields for the local community to use all year round.
Please Please can you help us to maintain the park for the community in its best condition by picking up after your dog if you walk it, also note there is current no fishing allowed in the lakes on the fields.
Bradlaugh Fields is regularly used by local schools and organisations as well as the public, the old barn features a coffee shop and community room used for selected local events and a nusery.
This site contains information about this local open space as well as various downloads all about bradlaugh fields and activities you can take part in to wildlife available to see here, please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments about the website.
Latest News & Events...
***Anglian Water update***
Published Wednesday, 14 May 2014
Plans for a new water and wildlife feature at Bradlaugh Fields have been proposed by Anglian Water and Northampton Borough Council this week. The proposals, which would showcase how different water levels support different types of wildlife while also being a place for locals to enjoy, were presented to the Friends of Bradlaugh Fields on Monday (12th) for consideration.
The plans aim to make the most of the water that’s naturally available in the area, including a reed-bed, marsh-like habitat in the top area, using rainwater run-off from the roof of the barn to fill the adjacent, middle pond and planting willow or other woodland in the lower area. The designs will now be worked-up in more detail. The organisations have been working together to agree options for the site since the pond water levels started to decrease last month after a trickling leak on a nearby water main, which had been topping up the pond levels, was repaired.
Paul Valleley, Director of Water Services for Anglian Water said: “We all agree that we want to create natural habitats that support wildlife and are a place for the community to enjoy. We will now be working with the Friends of Bradlaugh Fields and the Council to work-up the designs in more detail and give them time to consider the proposals with their members.”
Councillor Mike Hallam, Northampton Borough Council’s cabinet member for environment said: “Bradlaugh Fields is a unique and special part of Northampton. The area is home to a diverse range of plants and animals, it is an important conservation area and a much loved nature park with local people. Working with partners we have developed a plan that will not just protect the park today, but create an area future generations can enjoy. And, with this in mind, once the detail is agreed, we will be working on developing a range of educational programmes and materials specifically designed to teach people about the new water features and the wildlife within them.”
Display boards showing the plans are due to be erected in the barn at Bradlaugh Fields for members of the public to see and comment on over the coming weeks. Three different features have been proposed to support different types of wildlife and show the different species that thrive in differing conditions, making the most of the natural attributes of the area. Work and planting to create the areas will be carried out sensitively, bearing in mind seasonality and the appropriate times to do such work.
Jane Pearman, Reserves Manager for Northamptonshire, said, "These proposals make the most of the available water resources to create and maintain a diverse range of wildlife habitats."
**24th Feb update**
That we are aware of the ponds drying up due to a water leak in the fields and it is very upsetting that this should happen and that we are dealing with this through our Councillor and our MPMichael Ellis and hope to have the problem rectified as soon as possible.
If you are interested in keeping Bradlaugh Fields attractive and would like the water problem solved we also need 'People Power' please either ring or email the following:
There are currently cows grazing in quarryfield please beware of them and make sure your dogs are on a lead as you go past thanks.
Rena Naylor has kindly sent in this lovely picture of some daffodils whe snapped with her camera from Bradlaugh on 21st March 2014 (click here to see the pic>
Wednesday's during term time
Next commitee bradlaugh committee meeting will be on Monday, 2nd June 2014 @ the Barn.
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Last updated Monday, 24th,February 2014.