Know before you go
Parking informationSmall parking area along Ashing Lane
Grazing animalsSheep or cattle
A public footpath crosses the reserve
There are wheelchair accessible paths within the reserve and the adjacent Monks Wood
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril to July
About the reserve
This attractive old meadow with tall hedges extends from Ashing Lane down to the Dunholme Beck, which is lined with tall crack willows. Meadow flowers include common bird's-foot trefoil, cowslip, tufted vetch, fleabane, hedge bedstraw and great burnet. There is also a large colony of adder's-tongue with cuckooflower.
There is a field pond in the south-east corner with water figwort, reed sweet-grass, brooklime and a resident pair of moorhens. The hedges contain 13 different trees and shrubs, including hawthorn, blackthorn, field rose, dog rose, ash, dogwood, purging buckthorn and field maple. An owl box has been erected near the central dyke.
The meadow is traditionally hay cropped in mid-July and the aftermath is grazed. Management has involved clearing the pond, stock fencing, hedge laying and some tree planting with native deciduous trees and shrubs, such as oak and guelder-rose. Adjacent to the Meadow are Watts Wood nature reserve and community woodland Monks Wood, planted by Nettleham Woodland Trust.
Nearest postcode LN2 3NN. Please note - postcodes are for the nearest registered address as we are unable to get postcodes for nature reserves.