Butterfly Snail Rush Large Butterfly
Summer in Nene Park

Nature in Nene Park

Summer in Nene Park

The summer months are a great time to get out and about to discover all that nature has to offer.

We have a wide range of outdoor events to keep the kids out of trouble this summer, which you can find in date order on the following link: https://neneparktrust.cloudvenue.co.uk/

Summer events

In addition to these bookable events, we also have a number of facilities that you can turn up and use on the day. Our play areas, trails and watersports centre, Nene Outdoors, all offer the chance to enjoy time in the Park. For more information on Nene Outdoors, please click here >>

Nene Outdoors

Or... you could just arrive and see what you discover along the way. Warmer weather and longer days mean, quite literally, a buzz of activity as insects go about their business and nature is awash with colour from flowering plants. There are a number of beautiful views to admire across the meadows, woodlands and lakes. When you are tired and in need of a cuppa and a sit down, there are cafes on site to cater for your needs >>


Summer Highlights

The wildflower areas in Ferry Meadows are at their best during the summer months. Not only do they look great but they also attract a whole host of butterflies and other insects. The meadows by Lynch Bridge and the nearby area in the corner of Oak Meadow are good areas to visit. The area by Lynch Bridge was seeded with an arable mix which included Corncockle, Cornflower, Corn Marigold, Corn Poppy and Corn Camomile.

Corn Cockle and Cornflower

Many butterflies are on the wing during the summer months including Peacocks, Commas, Red Admirals, Small Tortoiseshells, Large Whites, Painted Ladies, Speckled Woods and Common Blues amongst others.

Speckled Wood Butterfly

Green Veined White Butterfly

Red Admiral Butterfly

Another excellent place to look for butterflies is along the path through Ham Mere. On sunny days dragonflies such as the Broad-bodied Chaser and damselflies like the Common Blue and Banded Damoseille can also be spotted in this area. Swallow Bridge which connects Horse Meadow and Long Meadow is another good place to see both dragonflies and damselflies.

An easy way to tell them apart is that dragonfly wings are always open and damselflies close their wings when stationary as you can see in the images below.

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Broad-bodied Chaser Dragonfly
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Banded Demoiselle Damselfly

If you are lucky, you may even see a Common Lizard or a Grass Snake who both love areas such as path edges. Both will search for areas where there is a patch of open ground for basking, a supply of food and nearby cover. If you do spot one, stay still and watch from a distance.If you try and get too close they will soon head for cover.

Common Lizard in Ferry Meadows

Early summer is also the time to enjoy seeing ducklings and cygnets on the lakes at Ferry Meadows and on the River Nene.

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Other birds to look out for on the lakes include Grebes, whose black and white striped young can be seen riding on their parents backs.

Grebes (image courtesy of George Kennedy)

While walking around the lakes keep you eyes open for House martins and Sand martins feeding. If you would like to know how to tell the difference click on the links below.
House martin
Sand martin

Search the hedgerows and path edges and areas of long grass and you'll be surprised at the variety of flowers, grasses and plants you'll discover. Some colourful ones to lookout for include Herb Robert, Dog Rose and Speedwell.

Herb Robert

Dog Rose


If you would like more information on where to go and what to see drop in to our Visitor Centre at Ferry Meadows. The centre also stocks a selection of wildlife guides and ID sheets to help you get to know nature.