Creating a Living Landscape

Woodhall Spa Airfield is one of the few opportunities for significant, landscape-scale habitat creation and restoration in Lincolnshire.

The Wildlife Trust’s Living Landscape vision focuses on making wildlife habitats bigger, better and more joined up, and re-engaging people where they live. Acquisition of the airfield is an exciting opportunity to re-create more heathland and meadow not just as an isolated nature reserve but within a landscape of nature reserves and protected sites. 


Critically, Woodhall Spa Airfield is adjacent to Kirkby Moor nature reserve (Wildlife Trust, SSSI) and Ostlers Plantation (Forestry Commission), which are close to Moor Farm nature reserve (Wildlife Trust, SSSI), Roughton Moor Woodland nature reserve (Wildlife Trust) and Woodhall Spa Golf Course SSSI, and not far from Kirkby Gravel Pits nature reserve (Wildlife Trust).

The heathlands around Woodhall Spa were extensive until the end of the 19th century. During the 20th century, with high cereal prices and two world wars requiring increased food production, parts of the moors began to be ploughed, drained and cultivated. This was followed by the expansion of Woodhall Spa and the creation of the golf course. By the 1960’s the only substantial area of open heath land left was the present Kirkby Moor and Moor Farm Nature reserves, which were acquired by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust in the 1970’s.

The shrinking of the open heathland and grassland have had far-reaching consequences for the flora and fauna. Kirkby Moor and Moor Farm reserves now act as invaluable reservoirs for a rich variety of species, which could spread and colonise into neighbouring areas if suitable habitat becomes available.

Find out more about Lincolnshire's Living Landscapes or watch the video below.


Please note: There is currently no access to the airfield but it can be viewed by walking south from Ostlers Plantation car park to the perimeter track.


Woodhall Spa Airfield Appeal from Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust on Vimeo.