Kingerby Beck Meadows
Know before you go
Parking informationSmall parking area available
Linear walking route, please take care to avoid trampling hay, appropriate footwear is advised as it may be very wet
There are no surfaced paths, mown tracks can be wet and rutted, stiles present; not suitable for wheelchairs or people with mobility issues
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril to July
About the reserve
The seven interconnected meadows slope gently towards the beck and are situated on sandy soils, which become heavier towards the beck. Kimmeridge Clay underlying the soils is near the surface and exposed in places along the banks of the beck.
The composition of the flora varies from meadow to meadow, but there is a herb-rich sward, which includes bugle, fairy flax, yellow rattle, tufted vetch, cowslip, adder's-tongue, oxeye daisy, crosswort, pignut and many others, and associated insects. A particular speciality is a colony of frog orchids - a very rare species in Lincolnshire. Snipe may be seen in winter. Some of the boundary hedges are old and tall with species such as midland hawthorn, ash, crab apple and field rose.
Kingerby Beck hay meadows are renowned for their wildflower rich sward. Visitors are reminded that the hay is cut annually any time from 15 July onwards. Once the hay is taken the meadows are aftermath grazed with sheep and therefore no wildflowers will be visible.
Nearest postcode LN8 3PS. Please note - postcodes are for the nearest registered address as we are unable to get postcodes for nature reserves.