PLEASE NOTE: Willow Tree Fen is temporarily closed to allow the cranes to return. Once they are settled in, an official Watch Point will be provided from the entrance to the reserve.
Willow Tree Fen
Situated between Baston and Spalding, Willow Tree Fen is a relatively new nature reserve, transformed from arable land to a more traditional fenland landscape land to a more traditional fenland landscape. In 2020, with the extra solitude created by lockdown, cranes returned to the Lincolnshire Fens and successfully raised a chick.
Know before you go
- Closed temporarily whilst the cranes are using the site.
- Watch Point with small car park once cranes have settled in.
There are no toilet facilities available.
The reserve is closed temporarily. An official Watch Point will be in place at the entrance to the reserve once the cranes have settled in.
Willow Tree Fen is not currently suitable for group visits.
There is a small car park by the entrance to Willow Tree Fen which is opposite Bank House Farm (PE11 3JH) and over a small bridge.
Location and contact details
Willow Tree Fen
Counter Drain Drove,
West of Spalding,
Please note, this postcode is for the nearest registered address as we are unable to get postcodes for nature reserves.
There is no access to Willow Tree Fen from the Macmillan Way or from Slipe Drove/West Pinchbeck.
OS Map Reference: TF 181 213
Contact number: 01507 526667
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Habitats and species
When the Trust bought Willow Tree Fen in 2009 it was intensively farmed arable land growing beans and cereals. Nature has recovered. Now a more traditional fenland landscape of shallow meres, seasonally flooded pastures, hay meadows and reedbeds, it is rich in wildlife.
Cattle graze Willow Tree Fen from April to November. They are an essential part of the management of the nature reserve. The cattle help to maintain the open conditions and prevent willow from invading the site.
Many of our iconic wetland species are now thriving including lapwing, redshank, skylark, water rail, marsh harrier, shelduck, snipe, greater water parsnip, hairy dragonfly, spined loach and otter.
In 2020, a pair of cranes arrived at Willow Tree Fen and bred on the reserve for the first time - a first for Lincolnshire for at least 400 years.
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