Lincolnshire Wolds

The rolling landscape of the Lincolnshire Wolds, underlain by chalk, is crossed by ancient routes and broad drove roads.

Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), the Lincolnshire Wolds is the highest land in eastern England between Kent and Yorkshire, rising to over 150 metres (500 feet). Much of the traditional downland landscape has been ploughed up for arable farming but flower-rich grasslands, abandoned chalk pits and some fine woodlands still remain.

The high escarpment ridge of the Wolds affords breathtaking views across Lincolnshire, while rare chalk streams flow out of the hillsides, meandering through the valleys of the Wolds with crystal clear water providing an abundant habitat for wildlife. Chalk streams are a globally rare habitat but sadly many of them are under threat.

When out cycling or walking in the Wolds look out for rare wildflowers like red campion and bulbous buttercup along roadside grass verges, kestrels hovering over head, buzzards circling over the escarpment and sparrows, blackbirds and wagtails darting through the hedgerows.  

Roadside grass verges are the wildlife corridors of the Wolds, connecting different habitats and allowing species to move freely between them.   

For those attempting the Living Landscape Cycle Route the distinctive red chalk of Red Hill Nature Reserve will stand out above the winding road that snakes up the steep hill. 

Red Hill Nature Reserve contains our Coronation Meadow, part of a Coronation anniversary campaign to restore the UK's threatened wildflower meadows. The Trust is currently using seed from this meadow to restore wildflower habitats across the Wolds and limestone areas of Lincolnshire.

What's happening

Lincolnshire’s Wildflower Meadows Network

In 2014, the Trust received a grant of £76,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the Lincolnshire’s Wildflower Meadows Network project. The project aims to inspire, involve and train volunteers in wildflower meadow creation and management by establishing demonstration sites, community projects, holding events and training days. Local wildflower seed and green hay will be collected from Trust nature reserves including our Coronation Meadow Red Hill for use on project sites.

For more information visit our Wildflower Meadows Microsite

Press release:
Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust secures Heritage Lottery Fund support for Lincolnshire’s Wildflower Meadow Network


Life on the Verge

Over the five years of the Life on the Verge projects in south-west Lincolnshire (from 2008-2013) and the Lincolnshire Wolds (from 2011-2013) more than 250 volunteers have helped to survey 2,741km of road (5,482km of verge) and given at least 3,000 hours of their time. Through these surveys many road verges that have maintained their botanical interest have been discovered and been designated as Local Wildlife Sites.  

Life on the Verge


Lincolnshire Chalk Stream Project

Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust is one of the partners in the Lincolnshire Chalk Stream Project. Lincolnshire 's chalk streams are a characteristic and attractive feature that has helped shape the Lincolnshire Wolds landscape over the past 10,000 years. 

The project aims to:

  • Make sustainable improvements to chalk streams in Lincolnshire focussed around the Lincolnshire Wolds,
  • Raise awareness of chalk streams and their importance
  • Improve our knowledge of Lincolnshire's chalk stream habitats
  • Restore and improve Lincolnshire's chalk streams for the benefit of wildlife and the community. 

Lincolnshire Chalk Streams Project


Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service

Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust works with the Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service.
The Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service works in partnership with its Joint Advisory Committee and other groups and individuals to:

  • Protect and enhance the landscape and its distinctive features
  • Encourage community interest and involvement
  • Raise awareness of the Wolds
  • Promote sustainable development and appropriate enjoyment 

Lincolnshire Wolds