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Clapgate Pits

Clapgate Pits consists of a long, disused quarry with a rich and varied limestone flora - the best in North Lincolnshire.

Clapgate Pits consists of a long, disused quarry with a rich and varied limestone flora - the best in North Lincolnshire - which includes several plants rare in the county. Notable among these are pale St John's-wort, squinancywort and wall germander, a national Red Data Book species, often a garden escape but considered here to be of native origin.

This was also formerly the most northerly site in Britain for pasqueflower but the plants were apparently dug up by vandals in 1969.

Scrub that had enveloped much of the quarry has been cleared. Occasional sheep grazing is helping to restore and maintain the grassland flora.

Access is restricted to a public footpath that skirts  the western edge of the reserve during the grazing season. 

Due to the sensitive flora of the site, please take care not to trample the flowers.


Cars may be parked on an area of hard standing next to the roadside gate.  Extreme care should be taken when arriving at or leaving the site as the entrance is located on a busy road near a blind bend.


Nearest postcode: DN20 0BJ

Please note - postcodes are for the nearest registered address as we are unable to get postcodes for nature reserves. Please use the maps provided here to locate the entrance to the reserve.

Species and habitats


Nearby nature reserves

Messingham Sand Quarry
6 miles - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Far Ings NNR
8 miles - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Pasture Wharf
9 miles - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

North-east corner of Broughton Woods.
Map reference
SE 961109
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
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1.00 hectares
Walking information
A public footpath skirts the western edge of the reserve.
Cars may be parked on the road verge.
No dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01507 526667


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