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.

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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.

Opening times

  • The Nature Park is open all year.
  • The car park is open from dawn until dusk (please check the gate for actual times).
  • For details of the Visitor Centre and cafe visit the Natural World Centre website or telephone 01522 688868.
  • For Educational Visits contact 01522 696926 or find out more about bringing your group to Whisby Nature Park.
  • For reserve and wildlife enquiries contact the wardens office on 01522 500676 


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.

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.

Car Park

Car parking charges apply daily, 10am to 4pm. October to February – £1. March to September – £2. Please ensure you display a valid ticket. 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 1Life on behalf of North Kesteven District Council.


What's on

Talk: The world of the red fox

Thursday 15th March -7.30pm

Venue: Whisby Nature Park

Dr Carl Soulsbury (senior science lecturer for the School of Life Sciences at Lincoln University) looks at the Red Fox in Britain and elsewhere, a subject he has studied for many years.

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