Woodhall Spa Airfield was formerly the home of four brave RAF squadrons, including 617 ‘the Dambusters’ Squadron, but more recently was used as a sand and gravel quarry. As a nature reserve it is a haven for wildlife as well as a place where visitors can share in the unique and peaceful atmosphere of this former airfield.

RAF Woodhall Spa saw many brave squadrons defend Britain during World War 2, including the famous 617 ‘Dambusters’ Squadron, which flew the Avro Lancaster bomber (see Aviation Heritage).

In recent years, it has been quarried for sand and gravel. As a nature reserve Woodhall Spa Airfield will become a haven for wildlife and a monument to our aviation heritage, a place where visitors can share in the unique and peaceful atmosphere of this former airfield and walk along the former runway.

Around the nature reserve the air will fill with the songs of skylarks and the open skies will see birds of prey soaring where military aircraft once flew (see our video at the bottom of our Living Landscapes page).

The purchase of the former airfield is part of the Wildlife Trusts aspiration to create a Living Landscape of larger, connected wildlife sites with improved access for people. It is adjacent to existing nature reserves from which wildlife is already expanding (see Wildlife of the Airfield and Creating a Living Landscape).

We believe that the creation of this new nature reserve is a fitting tribute to the many servicemen and women who gave their lives to preserve and protect our ‘green and pleasant land’.

Visiting the airfield

A special open day was held at the airfield on Sunday 11 September 2016 as part of the Lincolnshire Heritage Open Days Weekend. 

There is now public access to a limited area of the reserve. 
We are trying to manage a ‘staggered’ opening and are asking members and non-members to apply for the access code for the gate.  

Please contact us, during office hours, on 01507 526667 for details.

The reserve can also be viewed from the Forestry Commission's Ostlers Plantation.

  • Please stay on the runway when walking to avoid damaging the surrounding habitats.
  • Dogs are not allowed on the reserve (except assistance dogs)



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