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Kingerby Beck Meadows

Five interconnected meadows including a colony of frog orchids.

The five interconnected meadows slope gently towards the beck and are situated on sandy soils, which become heavier towards the beck. Kimmeridge Clay underlying the soils is near the surface and exposed in places along the banks of the beck.

The composition of the flora varies from meadow to meadow, but there is a herb-rich sward, which includes bugle, fairy flax, yellow rattle, tufted vetch, cowslip, adder's-tongue, oxeye daisy, crosswort, pignut and many others, and associated insects. A particular speciality is a colony of frog orchids - a very rare species in Lincolnshire. Snipe may be seen in winter. Some of the boundary hedges are old and tall with species such as midland hawthorn, ash, crab apple and field rose.

Kingerby Beck hay meadows are renowned for their wildflower rich sward. Visitors are reminded that the hay is cut annually any time from 15th July onwards. Once the hay is taken the meadows are aftermath grazed with sheep and therefore no wildflowers will be visible.

 

Nearest postcode: LN8 3PS

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

Linwood Warren
7 miles - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Pickering's Meadow
9 miles - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Watts Wood
9 miles - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
West of North Owersby
Market Rasen
Lincolnshire
Map reference
TF 051941
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
9.00 hectares
Access
Yes

Public footpaths lead around the reserve however this can be muddy and difficult at points. Visitors are advised to keep to the marked paths in order to protect the hay. Contact the Trust for more information.
Walking information
Please take care to avoid trampling hay. Appropriate footwear is advised as it may be very wet.
Parking
Small parking area, care must be exercised when entering and leaving the reserve.
Dogs
No dogs allowed
Grazing animals
Yes
Reserve manager
Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01507 526667
info@lincstrust.co.uk

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