Keal Carr

John Haddon

Keal Carr

Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

Keal Carr

Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

This is probably the finest surviving example of the alder carrs in the southern Wolds.

Location

North of the A16 between Spilsby and East Keal
Spilsby
Nearest postcode PE23 4AS

OS Map Reference

TF 385 648
A static map of Keal Carr

Know before you go

Size
12 hectares

Parking information

Verge parking after a sharp left bend off the A16

Grazing animals

Cattle

Walking trails

Please keep to the linear waymarked route; the reserve is a short walk but is part of a wider network of public footpaths

Access

Not suitable for wheelchair users or people with mobility issues

Dogs

No dogs permitted

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April to July

About the reserve

This is probably the finest surviving example of the alder carrs of the southern Wolds, growing in small valleys created by streams cutting down through the soft Spilsby Sandstone into the Kimmeridge Clay below. The feature is also represented in the Snipe Dales and Sow Dale reserves.

The upper slopes on the sandstone have an abundance of bluebells and red campion, but below the spring line on the impervious clay the ground is permanently wet and the woodland consists chiefly of alder and willow, which have been traditionally coppiced. Marsh-marigolds carpet this woodland floor in spring. Moschatel is also abundant, and there are both native species of golden-saxifrage: the opposite-leaved and the much rarer and rather finer alternate-leaved. In more open places there is a tall herb community, with yellow iris, giant horsetail, meadowsweet and angelica. There is a rich and varied bird fauna.

Management aims are the restoration of woodland cover in one area of the valley, and the removal of sycamore, which has become over-dominant in places. The lower part of Keal Carr is now a sanctuary area with no public access.

Nearest postcode PE23 4AS. Please note - postcodes are for the nearest registered address as we are unable to get postcodes for nature reserves.

Keal Carr location PDF

The reserve is reached by a public footpath on a sharp left bend after turning off the A16. Follow the footpath to Brickyard Lane and continue along until you see the entrance on your right.

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Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)