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Deeping Lakes

A number of flooded gravel pits noted for their abundance of wildfowl and waterbird communities.

Wetland south-east of Deeping St James of some 160 acres including part of the Deeping Gravel Pits SSSI and the Welland Bank Pits. There is a main lake (formerly known as "The Lake", dating from 1800) and two areas of smaller lakes and pools (formerly known as Welland Bank Quarry, excavated in the 1990's).

The Lake is noted for its wildfowl and waterbird communities. Management of this area has been aimed at: path maintenance along the southern shore, creating small wildflower meadows and, clearing trees from an area where early marsh orchids were known to grow. A bird hide overlooks the lake.

Management of the newer lakes has been concentrated on establishing the grassland areas, coppicing or pollarding trees planted as part of the restoration process, and the removal of self-sown trees around the edges of the various lakes. By keeping the margins tree free it is hoped that marginal vegetation and reedbeds will naturally develop, and there are some encouraging signs of this. Islands are also being kept "tree free" or even totally free of vegetation to encourage ground nesting birds such as terns, plovers and lapwings.


The Lincolnshire County Council Countryside for All leaflet details path surfaces, gradients, cross-slopes as well as the location of seats, steps and gates.
Countryside for All leaflet - Deeping Lakes


Nearest postcode: PE6 8RJ

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.

Nearby nature reserves

Dogsthorpe Star Pit
4 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Thorpe Wood
6 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Woodston Ponds
6 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire

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Reserve information

South of level crossing on B1166
Deeping St James
Map reference
TF 187083
Best time to visit
Jan - Dec
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71.00 hectares
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

Wheelchair friendly route to the hide.
Walking information
Circular visitors route.
Car park
No dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01507 526667