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Muckton Wood

An ancient semi-natural woodland on the eastern edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds.

This is an ancient semi-natural woodland on boulder clay soil on the eastern edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds. Oak and ash are the dominant trees with abundant field maple, aspen on the wood margins and alder in the wetter areas. The understorey is dense in places with some neglected hazel coppice, hawthorn, blackthorn and honeysuckle. Bramble tends to dominate the ground flora, but there are many woodland flowers, including wood anemone, woodruff, moschatel, bluebell, wood-sorrel and an abundance of herb-Paris. Early-purple orchid, broad-leaved helleborine and butterfly orchid are also to be seen, along with both the soft- and hard-shield ferns. The wood is attractive to many warblers, and breeding birds include great spotted woodpecker, treecreeper and tree sparrow.

When purchased in 1983, the wood was much neglected with a good deal of overstood hazel coppice and overgrown rides. Management so far has involved ride and ditch clearance, and bridge and pond construction. Traditional coppice-with-standards management has been re-established in parts of the wood.


Nearest postcode: LN11 8NU

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

Fir Hill Quarry
2 miles - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Legbourne Wood
2 miles - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Rigsby Wood
4 miles - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Map reference
TF 382810
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
Sep - Nov
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16.70 hectares
Walking information
Visitors are requested to keep to the rides and to go quietly.
There is limited parking space on the road verge.
No dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01507 526667


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