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Goslings Corner Wood

Excellent example of an oak/lime wood with a rich flora.

Goslings Corner is one of the smaller Lincolnshire oak/lime woods, but it is an excellent representative of a distinctive type of these nationally important woodlands, and none has a richer flora. The ancient wood bank along the western and southern boundaries formed the edges of the former Langton Wood, which was largely destroyed between 1850 and 1870 and of which Goslings Corner is a remnant.
The variety of soils in the reserve - ranging from mainly neutral to mainly acid - produces the variety of flora. The tree and shrub structure consists of scattered oak standards over coppice of small-leaved lime, oak, hazel, birch and field maple. Aspen, sallow, crab apple, dogwood, spindle and midland hawthorn also occur. The ground flora is impressively rich with abundant spring flowers, such as bluebell, wood anenome and woodruff, wood buttercup, yellow archangel, yellow pimpernel, ramsons and common valerian. On the more acid soils wood-sorrel and lily-of-the-valley occur, while rarer woodland plants include greater butterfly-orchid and bird's-nest orchid, and the attractive grasses wood melick and wood millet. Birds include great spotted woodpecker, treecreeper, blackcap and other woodland warblers.
A series of coppice plots have been created off the main rides. The oldest plot at the southern end of the main ride was cut in the winter of 1989/90 and the last one in this present series is due to be completed near the turn of the century. The plots are covered in spring flowers for the first few years before the trees and shrubs re-grow and the leafy canopy closes in again. The plots also produce a varied age structure of trees and shrubs along the edge of the rides.


How to get there:
The reserve is situated on the north side of the minor road known as Hoop Lane, which joins the B1202 Wragby-Bardney road with the A158 Lincoln-Skegness road. There is a small car park on the west side of Hoop Lane Farm.


Nearest postcode: LN8 5QB

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

Bluebell, Wood Anemone, Yellow Archangel, Ramsons

Nearby nature reserves

Hatton Meadows
2 miles - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Fiskerton Fen
4 miles - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Sotby Meadows
4 miles - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Hoop Lane
Map reference
TF 144752
Great for...
spring flowers
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
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Opening Times
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10.20 hectares
Living Landscape schemes
Lincolnshire Limewoods Project

Paths around this reserve are unsuitable for wheelchairs as the terrain can be difficult in areas.
Walking information
Circular waymarked route
Small car park
No dogs allowed
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01507 526667


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