Dole Wood is a fragment of the formerly extensive primary woodland cover of South Kesteven.

The wood consists mainly of oak standards with hazel coppice. There are also ash, field maple, wych elm and wild service tree. Both common and midland hawthorns can be seen in the understorey. Bluebell, wood anemone and stitchwort are the most abundant species in the ground flora. Wood-sorrel, false brome, enchanter's-nightshade, bugle, yellow archangel and sweet woodruff can also be seen.

Birds include great spotted woodpecker, treecreeper, whitethroat, blackcap and willow warbler. Over 120 species of moth have been identified within the reserve.

Management consists of bramble control, re-establishment of a coppice rotation and maintenance of some permanent glades.

Dole Wood Extension

In 2005, an extension to Dole Wood was bought covering around 13 acres of woodland, grassland and disused railway. Like the existing nature reserve, which is leased from a local landowner, the new four acre woodland extension is ancient deciduous woodland of old coppice-with-standards and includes some fine specimens of small-leaved lime. The grassland and disused railway are good for nesting birds and many wildflowers.


Nearest postcode: PE10 0ES

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

Toft Tunnel
2 miles - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Thurlby Fen Slipe
2 miles - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Baston Fen
3 miles - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Map reference
TF 094161
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2.70 hectares
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Walking information
The track to the reserve lies to the west of Obthorpe Lane, about 500 m from the village. It is a further 500 m walk down the track to the entrance. Visitors are requested to keep to the perimeter pathway.
Cars may be parked on the roadside along Obthorpe Lane
No dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01507 526667


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