Lapwing & Shovelers Illustration by Carry Akroyd

The Langdyke Countryside Trust is a community organisation dedicated to the preservation and conservation of the natural and built heritage around Peterborough and Stamford.

Its objectives are:

  • To manage, to acquire or assist in the acquisition of local sites in order to enhance the flora, fauna and landscape.
  • To provide educational and recreational opportunities for members of the public by allowing appropriate access to sites and in particular to provide interpretive displays, guided tours or otherwise disseminate information about the area and its plants and animals.
  • To acknowledge and promote the natural history and literary references made about the area by John Clare and the naturalist Charles Rothschild.

The Trust owns or manages four nature reserves:

Swaddywell Pit, near Helpston – an old quarry and former land fill site that is the subject of two poems by John Clare;

Torpel Manor Field, the site of a medieval manor house and county wildlife site;

Bainton Heath – home to one of the highest concentrations of nightingales in the country;

Etton Road, Maxey Pits, which it manages in partnership with Tarmac – a fabulous mosaic of reed, open water and wet woodland.

Both Swaddywell and Torpel are open for visitors at any time, but a permit is required for the reserve at Etton Road, Maxey Pits.

There is no public access to Bainton Heath, but the Trust does organised guided walks there for its members.

For further information about the trust, becoming a member, or visiting the reserves, please follow this link to their website:


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