Snipe Dales habitats and species

Country Park woodland

The woodland of the Country Park is chiefly of Corsican pine, planted in 1965 with a few Scots pine, beech and other deciduous trees. The pines are being replaced with ash, oak, alder and other native broadleaved species.

During the nesting season the woods are alive with bird song. Willow warbler, blackcap, chaffinch, chiffchaff, and blue, great and coal tits are common. Other birds include treecreeper, goldcrest, wren, long-tailed tit and great spotted woodpecker. Tawny owl and barn owl are frequent visitors and sparrowhawk and kestrel can often be seen.

Peasam Hill

This area of the Reserve was fenced off to allow grazing to be restored. This encourages plants that like a short turf. In the absence of grazing dense vegetation shades out such sensitive plants.

Wildflowers include common spotted orchid, ragged robin, meadowsweet and lady's smock and, in the wetter areas beneath the spring line, water avens, marsh bedstraw, watercress and water figwort. Snipe were once common, though are now a rare sight, but meadow pipit and reed bunting breed here.

Central Flushes

Artificial dams that had created man-made ponds have been removed to create more natural flushes where the streams converge. A variety of dragonflies and damselflies can be seen here.

Periwinkle Wood

This is an area of woodland planted in 1974, consisting of oak, beech, ash, Scots and Corsican pine, and larch. The pine and larch are slowly being thinned out to allow the broadleaved species to florish.

Furze Hill

This small nature reserve of the Lincolnshire Trust is a wonderful place for butterflies: peacock, painted lady, holly blue and small tortoiseshell are just a few that feed here, especially on thistles and bramble. Owls, treecreepers, whitethroat linnets and many other finches feed and breed here.

The site of an old watermill can also be found amongst the undergrowth. Nearby, growing over the stream is a venerable old willow.

Visit Furze Hill and Sow Dale pages.

Beckside Meadow

This extension to the Snipe Dales Country Park and Nature Reserve was purchased by Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust in 1992. It is being restored as a wildflower meadow.

Oak Wood

One of the new areas of broadleaved woodland planted in 1988. This predominantly oak wood with some small leaved lime, hornbeam and ash, will help to shape the future look of Snipe Dales, as the pines are slowly thinned and replaced. The open nature of this area provides a good hunting ground for owls, kestrel and sparrowhawk.