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Messingham Sand Quarry

A series of lagoons created by the extraction of sand.

The reserve has been created by the excavation of sand, which has left a series of lagoons. There is a small area of heath supporting heather, petty whin and other heathland flora. Woodland, grassland and marsh add varied habitats and support a vast array of flora including 6 orchid species. The richness of wildlife reflects this diversity of habitat and includes more than 180 species of bird, 20 species of butterfly, over 250 species of moth, and over 100 species of bee and wasp.


The reserve lies to the east of the B1400 Messingham-Kirton road.   The entrance is opposite Scallow Grove Farm (look for electricity pylon).  The B1400 is a fast road and care must be exercised when entering and leaving the reserve.  A track leads from the entrance to a small car park where a waymarked circular route is indicated.


Nearest postcode: DN17 3RD

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.

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Scotton Common
4 miles - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Clapgate Pits
6 miles - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Sedge Hole Close
8 miles - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

East of the B1400 Messingham-Kirton road opposite Scallow Grove Farm, Messingham.
Map reference
SE 908032
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Best time to visit
Apr - Aug
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40.00 hectares
Walking information
Waymarked route.
A track leads from the entrance to a small car park
No dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01507 526667


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