Whisby Nature Park is a beautiful landscape near Lincoln, full of wildlife, walks and trails. Once barren and lifeless, this amazing place now abounds with wildlife. The park was created by quarrying for sand and gravel, but nature has reclaimed the pits and bare sand, creating habitats for many species.
Landscape and wildlife
The lakes at Whisby Nature Park, near Lincoln, are surrounded by grassland, marsh, scrub and willow carr. Elements of the original landscape, from before quarrying also remain, with fragments of heathland, old hedgerows and a small oak woodland.
In spring and summer, flocks of tits and finches are joined by warblers. The lakes attract feeding sand martins and swallows, and terns nest on the islands. Chiffchaffs, reed and sedge warblers can be heard. Whisby Nature Park has also become famous for nightingales.
Autumn brings the first sight of winter birds such as goldcrests, redpolls and grey wagtails. In winter, the water levels are at their highest and wildfowl are numerous.
The Nature Park is open all year.
The car park is open from dawn until dusk (please check the gate for actual times).
Visit the Natural World Centre website for details of the Visitor Centre and cafe.
Footpaths are level, the majority are hard surfaced though may be muddy in places.
Dogs are allowed if kept on a lead. Except around Thorpe Lake where they can be walked off their leads under close control.
Cycling is prohibited.
Railway crossing closure
As part of a national programme of level crossing improvements, the railway crossing at Whisby Nature Park has been closed, it will be replaced with a new bridge for pedestrians and nature reserve vehicles. It means access will be restricted, we apologise for the disruption this will cause.
The new footbridge was opened on Friday 20 March 2015. Access to the northern half of Whisby is now restored.
Please visit the New footbridge railway crossing page for more details.
How to get there
There is a bus service from Lincoln to Thorpe-on-the-Hill, it is a 10 minute walk from the bus stop to the Nature Park.
Whisby Nature Park is clearly marked with brown tourist signs from the A46.
There is a charge of £2 per car between 10am and 4pm.
This is operated by North Kesteven District Council who own the car park. Income from the parking charge supports the work across the site.
Whisby Nature Park is managed by Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust on behalf of its partners at Whisby - North Kesteven District Council and Lincolnshire County Council.
The Natural World Centre is managed by Leisure Connection Ltd on behalf of North Kesteven District Council.