Messingham Sand Quarry
Know before you go
Parking informationCar park open 8am - 6pm
Waymarked route available
There are no surfaced paths but a regularly mown circular route around the reserve; during winter woodland can become boggy under foot
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril to August
About the reserve
The reserve has been created by the excavation of sand, which has left a series of lagoons. There is a small area of heath supporting heather, petty whin and other heathland flora. Woodland, grassland and marsh add varied habitats and support a vast array of flora including six orchid species.
The richness of wildlife reflects this diversity of habitat and includes more than 180 species of bird, 20 species of butterfly, over 250 species of moth, and over 100 species of bee and wasp.
The reserve lies to the east of the B1400 Messingham-Kirton road. The entrance is opposite Scallow Grove Farm (look for electricity pylon). The B1400 is a fast road and care must be exercised when entering and leaving the reserve. A track leads from the entrance to a small car park where a waymarked circular route is indicated. Please note the car park gate is locked between 6pm - 8am.
Nearest postcode DN17 3RD. Please note - postcodes are for the nearest registered address as we are unable to get postcodes for nature reserves.