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Pinchbeck Slipe

Grassland which floods when river levels are high, wet marsh pools, borrow pits and a roadside dyke.

The nature reserve consists of an area of land between the river and the road. There are wide areas of grassland which flood when river levels are high, wet marsh pools, borrow pits and a roadside dyke.

There are extensive areas of water crowfoot, patches of water violet and, in the roadside dyke banks, yellow loosestrife. Yellow rattle, common fleabane and ragged robin are also present. Breeding birds include great crested grebe, mallard, coot,  reed warbler, reed bunting, whitethroat. Barn owls can be seen hunting over the reserve.

In the winter months, large numbers of wildfowl are attracted to the river including wigeon, mallard, teal, tufted duck and goosander. Winter flocks of lapwing and golden plover can also be present on adjacent fields. There is a small woodland area with mature hawthorn hedge which attracts thrush species.

The reserve is grazed by cattle and used for hay-making. Weir boards in the roadside dyke helps keep meadows moist in early summer and riverside scrapes, that re-flood each winter, have been created.


Nearest postcode: PE11 3NG & PE11 3QF

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

Willow Tree Fen
1 miles - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Baston Fen
4 miles - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Arnold's Meadow
5 miles - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

West Pinchbeck
Map reference
TF 183229
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
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Opening Times
Open at all times
22.00 hectares
Living Landscape schemes
South Lincolnshire Fenlands
Walking information
Access to the nature reserve is via existing gateways from Slipe Drove and from Willow Tree Fen nature reserve.
No dogs allowed
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01507 526667


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