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Thurlby Fen Slipe

Old flooded borrow-pits, reed beds, scrub, grassland and meadows.

The temporary closure of the east end of the site has now been lifted as the nesting birds successfully fledged two young - 30 June 2016

Slipe is the land at the foot of a river bank, and this reserve, which is about 2 km (1.2 miles) long, consists of old flooded borrow-pits with a gravelly bed, associated reedbeds, scrub and grassland and adjacent hedgerows. The grassland area to the east of the reserve was arable until 1986, and part of it has been scraped to encourage an extension of the main reedbed.

The pools have a rich flora, which includes scarce marsh and aquatic plants such as greater tussock-sedge, greater spearwort, water-violet and fen pondweed. Purple-loosestrife, marsh pennywort, marsh-marigold and common spotted-orchid are also among the 210 species of flowering plants that have so far been recorded on the site. Cowslips make a spectacular show in spring. Fine chub lie in the clear pools. Birds are numerous and varied: 109 species have been recorded, of which 40 have bred.

The reserve is noted for its dragonflies with 15 species regularly recorded, 14 of which are known to have bred. Twenty-three species of butterfly have been recorded, most favouring the west end of the reserve.


Nearest postcode: PE10 0EJ

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

Meadow, Wetland
Cowslip, Purple-loosestrife, Marsh-marigold, Chub

Nearby nature reserves

Baston Fen
1 miles - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Dole Wood
2 miles - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Toft Tunnel
3 miles - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Map reference
TF 119164
Best time to visit
Mar - Jul
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Opening Times
Open at all times
7.80 hectares
Living Landscape schemes
South Lincolnshire Fenlands
Walking information
Linear path along the length of the reserve.
Parking space at the end of Long Drove road
No dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01507 526667


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