Corporate report

Lincolnshire's National Nature Reserves

Published 31 October 2008

Bardney Limewoods

A group of small woods in Lincolnshire, the largest of which is Chambers Farm Wood.

Main habitats: woodland

Area: 384 hectares

Management: Forestry Commission

Features of interest

The woods are the most important examples of small-leaved lime woodland in Britain. They cover a wide range of soil and drainage conditions, resulting in a varied ground flora and range of different tree and shrub communities.

There is a visitor centre and butterfly garden in Chambers Farm Wood. The nearest toilets are in the visitor centre and there is a picnic area nearby.

There is a marked trail through Chambers Farm Wood together with paths offering wheelchair access.

There are interpretation panels, and leaflets are available on-site.


The majority of the woods are 1 to 3 kilometres south of the A158 on either side of the B1202 between the towns of Bardney and Wragby. Access to the woods is via minor roads from the A158 and B1202. There is a car park in Chambers Farm Wood accessed from Hoop Lane via the B1202.

The nearest train station is Lincoln (15 kilometres to the west).

There are bus services along the A158 on the Interconnect 6 route from Lincoln to Skegness.

Bardney is close to Cycle Network Route 1.



Email for groups and activities:

Donna Nook

Donna Nook National Nature Reserve covers more than 10 kilometres of coastline between Grainthorpe Haven in the north and Saltfleet in the south. It consists of dunes, slacks and intertidal areas which provide a home for many rare and important wildlife species. The area is particularly noted for its uncommon bird passage migrants and also has one of the largest breeding colonies of grey seals in the UK.

Main habitats: coastal

Area: 341.4 hectares

Management: partnership between the Ministry of Defence and the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust. The trust is responsible for the conservation management of all the land within the reserve.

Features of interest

Further information about the NNR, its wildlife and features of interest is on the Donna Nook pages of Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust’s website.


The Ministry of Defence still maintains part of the area as a bombing target range and under no circumstances should anyone enter the bombing area when red flags are flying. However, most of the dune area is accessible at all times.


Telephone: 01507 338856

The North East Coastal Warden
The Reserve Office
Sea View Road
LN11 7TR

Gibraltar Point

Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve forms the north-eastern extremity and entrance to the Wash estuary and has been built by complex tidal and geomorphological processes.

Main habitats: coastal

Area: 429 hectares

Management: Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

Features of interest

Most of the reserve is intertidal flats and saltmarsh. There are areas of freshwater marsh and man-made fresh and salty water meres. Large numbers of migrant and overwintering birds visit the reserve.

Further information about the NNR, its wildlife and features of interest is on the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust website.


The reserve is one and a half miles south of Skegness, Lincolnshire, and is signposted from Skegness town centre. There are buses and trains which run to Skegness, although nothing passes the reserve.

Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe Dunes

Saltfleetby–Theddlethorpe Dunes National Nature Reserve stretches for 8 kilometres along the north-east coast of Lincolnshire. The site can be enjoyed all year, although there are some recommended visiting times: May-June for dune flora, May-October for migrant birds, and the winter months for wildfowl.

Main habitats: coastal

Area: 952 hectares

Features of interest

The reserve’s constantly changing habitats include saltmarsh, foreshore and embryonic dunes on the seaward side and the more stable established dunes and marsh on the landward side. Both are home to a wealth of plants, birds and insects.

Natural England organises many events at the Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe Dunes, including nature rambles, bird walks and activities for children (some suitable for wheelchair users). These events are free and pre-booking is not required. Horse riding is on the open beach, by permit only.

Further information about the NNR is in the Natural England leaflet on Saltfleetby – Theddlethorpe Dunes. There are also details about 3 marked, accessible trails. A self propelled wheelchair is available for loan. Please contact the reserve office with 24 hrs notice prior to visit.

Activities for primary schools include pond dipping, microscopic pond life, and walking through different habitats to study their plants and creatures close up. In the new eco-classroom, pupils can try their hand at plaster casting animal tracks and beach art using shells and pebbles.

For more information on seasonal highlights and the history of the reserve, see Natural England’s pages on Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe Dunes in the National Archive.


The site is located on the coastal dunes to the east of the A1031, between Saltfleet and Mablethorpe. The post code is LN11 7TR.

The nearest train stations are in Cleethorpes (20 kilometres to the north) and Skegness (25 kilometres to the south).

There are bus services from Cleethorpes to Saltfleetby and from Skegness to Mablethorpe. See Lincolnshire County Council’s Bus Travel.

Get involved

Volunteers are required to help with species survey work and practical conservation tasks. For more information contact the reserve office.

Telephone: 01507 338611

Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe Dunes NNR Office
Sea View Road
LN11 7TR

The Wash

The Wash National Nature Reserve is a mix of open deep water, permanent shallow water, mudflats and saltmarsh, and comprises Kirton Marsh, Terrington St Clement Marsh, Point Green and the North Wootton Marsh. It’s a valuable breeding zone for birds like the redshank and supports one of the largest common seal populations in England.

Main habitat: saltmarsh and mudflats

Area: 8,880 ha

Features of interest

The Wash remains a place where you can enjoy peace and quiet at one of the last truly wild areas in Britain It is also an established area for scientific research and monitoring.

With 10% of England’s saltmarsh located within the Wash and as one of our most important natural habitats, saltmarshes provide an abundance of food for various birds, like brent geese, wigeon and twite. During high tide, look out for birds like curlew, oystercatcher, knot and dunlin roosting on the saltmarsh, while overhead, aerial hunters like the marsh harrier can be seen hunting over the Wash.

During the winter, the Wash is an important feeding ground for up to 400,000 visiting birds like the pink footed geese, brent geese, bar tailed godwit and shelduck.

Further information about the NNR, its wildlife and features of interest is in the Natural England leaflet on the Wash.


The Wash National Nature Reserve is in Lincolnshire and Norfolk.

The reserve spreads across the southern reaches of the Wash and can be accessed along minor roads from the A17, between King’s Lynn and Sutton Bridge.

There is good cycle access, with cycle stands at both Kirton Marsh and Point Green. King’s Lynn is on the junction of National Route 1 and National Route 11.

The nearest station is Kings Lynn.

Bus services along the A17 between King’s Lynn and Sutton Bridge are provided by Norfolk Green and Cavalier Travel. However, the stops are on the A17, 4 miles from the reserve.

Get involved

Opportunities for volunteer reserve wardens are available. Volunteers are our ‘ears and eyes’ and provide us with important information about activities occurring on the reserve.


Telephone: 0300 060 4702