Wildlife

Wildlife sites and nature reserves within 15 miles of Woodhall Spa. 

Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust: http://www.lincstrust.org.uk/

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Moor Farm Nature Reserve

Kirkby-on-Bain
Lincolnshire Ordnance Survey Explorer Map 273 - Lincolnshire Wolds South

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One mile north east of village centre. Mosaic of heath, dry and wet pastures, bog and woodland, on Fen-edge sands and gravels. Over 240 species of plant, 100 of bird, 24 of butterfly and 250 of moth have been recorded.

For further information visit the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust website: www.lincstrust.org.uk

 


 

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Roughton Moor Wood Nature Reserve

Roughton Moor Wood Nature Reserve

Woodhall Spa
Lincolnshire Ordnance Survey Explorer Map 273 - Lincolnshire Wolds South

From Royal Square walk east along Station Road and The Broadway as far as St Peter's Church. Turn right here on to Iddesliegh Road, bear left almost immediately onto Sylvan Avenue and then turn left onto Tor 'O' Moor Road. Turn right onto Kirkby Lane and continue two hundred yards past the cemetery (where the path comes to an end) to the entrance to the Nature Reserve on the left (Grid Reference: TF 212632). The reserve can also be accessed from the Horncastle Road, 100 metres west of Bainland Country Park.

This woodland consists of Oak, Birch, Rowan and Scots pine. Regenerated on former heathland, some remnants of which still survive in open glades. Impressive avenue of ageing Corsican pines planted apparently as the approach to a large house, which was never built.

Varied bird population, including Great Spotted Woodpecker, Treecreeper, Coal Tit and Goldcrest. Fungi are also a notable feature.

For further information visit the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust website: www.lincstrust.org.uk


 

Small Copper

Kirkby Moor Nature Reserve

Kirkby-on-Bain & Tattershall Thorpe

parkingLincolnshire Ordnance Survey Explorer Map 273 - Lincolnshire Wolds South.

 

From Royal Square walk east along Station Road and The Broadway as far as St Peter's Church. Turn right here on to Iddesliegh Road, bear left almost immediately onto Sylvan Avenue and then turn left onto Tor 'O' Moor Road. Turn right onto Kirkby Lane and continue past the cemetery (where the path comes to an end) and entrance to Ostler's Plantation on the right. The reserve is on the right

Largest remnant of the once extensive heathlands of the Woodhall district. The sands and gravels here were deposited in delta conditions on the edge of the great Fenland Lake during the last Ice Age. A large part of the reserve is dominated by heather, bracken and wavy hair-grass, together with moss and lichen communities. The southern part of the reserve is low lying and contains a lake originally made as a reservoir. There is oak, birch and pine woodland, and developing birch, hawthorn and sallow scrub with rowan and alder buckthorn. 250 species of plant, 275 moths, 20 butterflies and 11 dragonflies recorded so far. About 60 species of birds breed on the reserve in most years and over 100 species have so far been recorded.

For further information visit the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust website: www.lincstrust.org.uk


 

Kirkby Gravel Pits Nature Reserve

Tattershall Thorpe

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This reserve can be accessed from the Kirkby-on-Bain to Coningsby road (Grid Reference: 236609)

Marsh/Wetland

Much of the reserve consists of worked-out shallow sandpits with some grassland, willow scrub and recently planted trees. Excellent birdwatching site.

Spring and summer - breeding birds, such as Oystercatcher, Ringed and Little Ringed Plovers, Common Tern. Lesser Black-Backed Gulls have also been known to nest here.

Migration: Dunlin, Greenshank, Spotted Redshank, Green and Wood Sandpipers and Ruff are regular visitors, and Temminck’s stint has been recorded on several occasions.

Winter: Mallard, Feral Greylag Geese, Tufted Duck, Shoveler and many other ducks.

Kingfishers and Yellow Wagtails nest in the area. Sand Martin colony.

For further information visit the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust website: www.lincstrust.org.uk


 

Chambers Farm Wood

Bardney, Lincolnshire

Ordnance Survey Explorer Map 273 - Lincolnshire Wolds South.

This reserve is 6 miles north of Woodhall Spa and can be accessed from the Wragby to Bardney or Wragby to Horncastle road (Grid Reference: TF148738). Small leaved Lime woodland containing a wealth of butterflies.

For further information on Chambers Farm Wood visit the Forestry Commission website: www.forestry.gov.uk/website

Chambers Farm Wood forms part of the greatest concentration of Mediaeval small-leaved lime woodlands in Britain and has an almost unique concentration of mediaeval monastery sites. In order to protect, enhance and promote the natural and historic landscapes of the Limewoods area the Lincolnshire Limewoods Project has been launched. It is a partnership between Lincolnshire County Council, Forestry Commission, English Nature and a range of local organisations. It is currently funded for five years by the Heritage Lottery Fund and project partners. The limewoods project area is situated to the east of Lincoln, north of the River Witham and Woodhall Spa is at its southernmost point. To learn more about this project visit the Heritage Trust of Lincolnshire website: www.lincsheritage.org


 

Snipe Dales Nature Reserve and Country Park

Ordnance Survey Explorer Map 273 - Lincolnshire Wolds South.

This reserve is 10 miles north east of Woodhall Spa and can be accessed from the B1195 Horncastle to Spilsby Road:

Nature Reserve Grid Reference: TF 319683

Country Park Grid Reference: TF 330682

Breeding birds include grasshopper warbler, willow warbler, sedge warbler, meadow pipit and yellow hammer.

For further information visit the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust website: www.lincstrust.org.uk


 

The Wildlife Trusts logoWoodhall Spa Airfield

Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust has concluded the final phase of its purchase of the former RAF base at Woodhall Spa Airfield. The Trust will now begin the project of developing the former airfield into a picturesque nature reserve rich in wildlife.
 

Website: www.lincstrust.org.uk/woodhall-airfield