Pickering's Meadow

Pickering's Meadow

Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

Pickering's Meadow

Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

Common blue butterfly

Zsuzsanna Bird

Pickering's Meadow

Attractive old meadow with tall hedges and a variety of plants.


Ashing Lane
Nearest postcode LN2 3NN

OS Map Reference

TF 041 793
A static map of Pickering's Meadow

Know before you go

3 hectares

Parking information

Small parking area along Ashing Lane

Grazing animals

Sheep or cattle

Walking trails

A public footpath crosses the reserve


There are wheelchair accessible paths within the reserve and the adjacent Monks Wood


No dogs permitted
Assistance dogs only

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April 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.

Location information

Pickering’s Meadow location PDF



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