Kingswood Local Nature Reserve is situated in the south west of Corby, close to Danesholme, Kingswood and Beanfield. It is a semi-natural ancient woodland site and a fantastic place for wildlife and for people to enjoy.
Kingswood is owned by Corby Borough Council and managed by The Wildlife Trust. The Wildlife Trust is a nature conservation charity that owns and manages nature reserves for the benefit of both people and wildlife.
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Kingswood LNR once formed part of the medieval Rockingham Forest which stretched from Kettering to Peterborough. As part of Rockingham Forest, Kingswood was managed for centuries as a crown coppice, providing shelter for the King’s deer, as well as a regular supply of timber. Much of Rockingham Forest disappeared over time but as Kingswood was valued as a game preserve it survived and later, as the town of Corby expanded, it became Northamptonshire’s first Local Nature Reserve.
Kingswood is now an important urban home for all kinds of plants and animals and is a great place for spotting wildlife! Over 250 different species of plants have been recorded at the reserve, including many that are characteristic of ancient woodlands such as wood anemone, dog’s mercury, enchanter’s-nightshade, yellow archangel and wood sorrel. Tawny owl, treecreeper and all three species of woodpecker can be found at Kingswood, as well as a wide variety of other birds, and the reserve is also a fantastic site for a large number of different invertebrates including many different types of butterflies, dragonflies/damselflies and beetles.
The Wildlife Trust is currently doing lots of exciting work at Kingswood to make it as welcoming and accessible for visitors as possible. There will be onsite improvements to signage and interpretation as well as lots of opportunities to get involved and find out more about the reserve through organised events, activities and volunteering.
For further information regarding Friends of Group within the Borough and to view the booklet which contains dates for all working parties and group meetings click here
There is a 'Friends of Kingswood Group' who hold regular working parties in the wood. Membership is open to anyone who cares to join. For more details, click on this website http://groups.yahoo.com/group/KingsWoodLNR/ If you would like to join the Friends, you can do so via this website.