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Moor Closes

Old pasture fields which are mostly low-lying and wet, with a rich, wet meadow and marsh flora.

These old pasture fields lie on the floor of the Ancaster Gap on sands and gravels carried from the Trent Valley through the gap in the limestone by glacial overflow waters. A small stream intersects the reserve, which is mostly low-lying and wet, although the land rises a little on the north side to give better drained and drier conditions.


The low areas have a rich, wet meadow and marsh flora with a variety of grasses, sedges and rushes and wildflowers such as marsh arrowgrass, ragged robin, marsh valerian, devil's-bit scabious, adder's-tongue, and an abundance of marsh- and spotted-orchids. The drier areas have a similarly varied flora, including dropwort, meadow saxifrage and the distinctive inland sub-species of thrift Armeria maritima elongata. This rare thrift, with long stems, formerly occurred on a number of sites on the old Lincoln Heath, extending into Leicestershire, but is now confined in Britain to the reserve and the nearby graveyard. The ecological interest of the reserve is further enhanced by the stream (where there are old pollarded willows) and by large hedges with a variety of trees and shrubs.


Traditional management by grazing with cattle is being continued in order to maintain the richness and interest of the site.


Nearest postcode: NG32 3PL

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

Ancaster Valley
0 miles - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Duke's Covert & Copper Hill
1 miles - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Rauceby Warren
3 miles - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

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Church Lane
Map reference
SK 982438
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
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6.40 hectares
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Visitors are requested to keep to the waymarked route.
Parking space is available in the village near the church.
No dogs allowed
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Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01507 526667


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