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Willoughby Meadow

Small SSSI meadow on the Middle Marsh Boulder Clay.

The small SSSI meadow on the Middle Marsh Boulder Clay is one of the finest remaining examples of its type. There is a rich assemblage of meadow plants, including cowslip, great burnet, pepper-saxifrage, adder's-tongue, devil's-bit scabious, saw-wort, betony and green-winged orchid. Bugle and lady's mantle, more usually associated with woodland rides, also occur. No less than 149 species of flowering plants have been recorded.

There are good boundary hedges and old hedgerow trees attractive to whitethroat and lesser whitethroat.

The adjoining pasture acts as a buffer to the SSSI. It is grazed during the summer. The cattle are also used to graze the SSSI meadow after the hay has been cut.


Nearest postcode: LN13 9NN

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

Grassland, Meadow

Nearby nature reserves

Hoplands Wood
1 miles - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Mill Hill Quarry
1 miles - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Willoughby Branch Line
1 miles - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

0.5km south of Willoughby.
Map reference
TF 472713
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
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2.66 hectares

Walking information
The meadow is vulnerable to trampling, especially before hay cutting time, visitors are requested to avoid damaging the crop.
No dogs allowed
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01507 526667


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