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Chapel Pit

A flooded pit with marginal reed beds and aquatic plants, such as water-crowfoot and great reed mace.

Excavated for clay for the repair of the sea banks following the floods of 1953, the flooded pit has marginal reedbeds and aquatic plants, such as water-crowfoot and great reedmace. Fifteen species of ducks have been recorded, mainly in winter. Grebes, divers and wild swans are also often seen in winter. In summer breeding species include reed and sedge warblers, lesser whitethroat, and great crested and little grebes.

In August and September thousands of migrating swallows and house martins roost in the reedbeds. Screens of willows round the banks of the pits have been planted in order to reduce disturbance to birds.


Nearest postcode: PE24 5XH

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

Wolla Bank Pit
1 miles - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Wolla Bank Reedbed
1 miles - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Anderby Marsh
1 miles - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

North of Chapel Point,
Chapel St Leonards
Map reference
TF 558740
Best time to visit
Jan - Dec
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3.20 hectares
Living Landscape schemes
Lincolnshire Coastal Grazing Marshes
Walking information
Visitors are requested not to walk round the pit. Views of the reserve may be had by walking down the short track from the road.
Parking space on the opposite side of the road a little further north at Chapel Six Marshes.
No dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01507 526667


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