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A small damp meadow with fine old boundary hedges.

A small damp meadow originally divided into three strips by two hedgelines, of which remnants survive. There are approximately 110 species of plants in total. Typical old meadow plants include cowslip, great burnet, lesser knapweed, oxeye daisy and cuckooflower. There are also five species of buttercup, adder's-tongue, Good Friday-grass, ragged-robin and twayblade. In the south-west corner old retting pits, where flax used to be soaked, have become colonised by willows, reed sweet-grass and bittersweet. There are fine old boundary hedges with elm, hawthorn and field maple.

The meadow area of the reserve, which accounts for half of the site, is managed as a traditional hay meadow and is enclosed for grazing purposes. The retting pits and reedbed provide a nesting place for birds. There is no path through this area but it can be readily observed from the meadow or adjacent footpaths. The site is rich in butterflies and moths. The chimney sweeper moth, for instance, is abundant in the area when the pignut is in flower.
 

Nearest postcode: DN9 2LR

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

Rush Furlong
1 miles - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Haxey Turbary
3 miles - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Langholme Wood
3 miles - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
East Lound
Epworth
Lincolnshire
Map reference
SK 793996
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
0.90 hectares
Parking
Access is by an unmetalled track that runs eastwards from East Lound village. The reserve is on the right after about 250 m. Cars may be parked on the roadside in the village.
Dogs
No dogs allowed
Grazing animals
Yes
Reserve manager
Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01507 526667
info@lincstrust.co.uk

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