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Willoughby Branch Line

Disused railway with areas of scrub and grassland

The reserve is part of the disused branch railway from Willoughby to Mablethorpe. Since the line was taken up in 1971, the track has developed into a fine wildlife area with ashwood, hawthorn scrub and grassland supporting a varied flora, including abundant bird's-foot trefoil and restharrow, hemp-agrimony, spotted-orchid, twayblade, lady's bedstraw, yellow-wort and great burnet.

Butterflies include common blue and several species of skippers and browns.

Whitethroat, lesser whitethroat, blackcap, sedge warbler, redpoll and other finch species, and occasionally nightingale, nest in the reserve. Hips and haws attract fieldfares and redwings in winter, and barn owls frequently use the track for hunting.


Nearest postcode: LN13 9PG

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

Willoughby Meadow
1 miles - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Hoplands Wood
2 miles - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Mill Hill Quarry
2 miles - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Farlesthorpe - Willoughby road.
LN13 9PG
Map reference
TF 474736
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Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
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4.90 hectares

Walking information
A public path runs the length of the reserve.
Small car park
No dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01507 526667


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