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Robert's Field

Ancient grassland site which is undergoing restoration

The Trust has had a 1-acre meadow reserve here, under a management agreement with the Forestry Commission, since 1985. The remainder of the site, which was formerly limestone grassland, was planted with conifers in the 1960s despite its SSSI status and the Trust's efforts to save it. The remaining portion of a long lease was purchased from the Forestry Commission in 1991.

Robert's Field was once the finest butterfly site in Lincolnshire, with at least four species now extinct in the county. The surviving grassland retains many characteristic limestone plants, including pyramidal orchid, clustered bellflower, autumn gentian and rock-rose. There are still a few of the grassland butterflies and it is a noted inland site for the green hairstreak.

The Trust embarked on a plan to restore Roberts's Field to limestone grassland in 1994. The conifer trees were felled and the roots dug up and burnt. The ground was levelled and re-seeded with hay seeds from local limestone grassland. The reserve is now managed by a combination of hay cropping and autumn grazing with sheep. Many of the limestone plants found in the old meadow can now be found in the restored grassland areas.


Nearest postcode: PE9 4DL

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

Cowslip, Rock-rose, Six-spot Burnet, Green Hairstreak

Nearby nature reserves

Stanton's Pit
3 miles - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Lawn Wood and Bottleneck and Jackson's Meadows
3 miles - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Bloody Oak's Quarry
3 miles - Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Between Holywell and Pickworth
Map reference
TF 000150
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
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Opening Times
Open at all times
4.00 hectares
Walking information
Access is via a broad track at a wooden gate.
Roadside parking.
No dogs allowed
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01507 526667


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