Kirkby Moor

Robert Enderby

Kirkby Moor

Robert Enderby

Adder

Geoff Trinder

A remnant of the once extensive heathlands of the Woodhall district.

Location

Moor Lane
Kirkby-on-Bain
Woodhall Spa
Nearest postcode LN10 6YY

OS Map Reference

TF 225 629
A static map of Kirkby Moor

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Size
75 hectares

Parking information

Parking available on verge or car park down private road to reserve, please note the access gate may be locked out of hours due to incidents of misuse

Grazing animals

Sheep

Walking trails

Two waymarked routes available, please close the gates behind you

Access

Not suitable for wheelchair users or people with mobility issues

Dogs

No dogs permitted

Facilities

Bird hides

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

March to September

About the reserve

The reserve is the largest remnant of the once extensive heathlands of the Woodhall district. The sands and gravels here were deposited in delta conditions on the edge of the great Fenland Lake during the last Ice Age. As a result of leaching of mineral nutrients, podsol soils have developed.

A large part of the reserve is dominated by heather and wavy hair-grass, together with moss and lichen communities. The southern part of the reserve is low lying and contains a lake originally made as a reservoir. There is oak, birch and pine woodland, and developing birch, hawthorn and sallow scrub with rowan and alder buckthorn.

This diversity of habitat produces a wide range of plants and animals. 250 plant species have so far been recorded, together with 275 moths, 20 butterflies and 11 dragonflies. About 60 species of birds breed on the reserve in most years and over 100 species have so far been recorded.

The main aims of management are to maintain the heathland and encourage more heather and wet heath conditions; control the area of bracken and the spread of scrub onto the heath, while maintaining some developing scrub; and sustain the floristic diversity of some areas by regular mowing and by grazing with sheep.

The roadside gate may occasionally be locked ‘out of hours’ due to incidents of misuse. Pedestrian access is available, please park carefully.

Nearest postcode LN10 6YY. Please note - postcodes are for the nearest registered address as we are unable to get postcodes for nature reserves.

Kirkby Moor location and trail

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Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)