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Hoplands Wood

An example of the once extensive oak/ash woods of the calcareous Boulder Clay soils of Lincolnshire.

The moisture retentive clays and the closeness of the canopy make Hoplands a damp wood in which ferns and mosses abound. Oak and ash are the dominant trees. There is a varied bird population including woodcock, tawny owl, treecreeper, great and, occasionally, lesser spotted woodpecker and nuthatch, five species of tit and six species of summer warbler. Barn owls occasionally hunt in the rides. A pond in the glade attracts spawning frogs.


Nearest postcode: LN13 0HL

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

Mill Hill Quarry
1 miles - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Willoughby Meadow
1 miles - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Willoughby Branch Line
2 miles - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

4km south of Alford.
Map reference
TF 459718
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
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14.20 hectares

Public footpaths around the reserve which visitors are advised to keep to in order to preserve the delicate habitats. Contact the Trust for more information.
Walking information
Waymarked route. Visitors are requested to keep to the rides. A public footpath crosses the reserve on the main east-west ride.
On the verge by the entrance
No dogs allowed
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01507 526667


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