Thurlby Fen Slipe

Thurlby Fen

Geoff Trinder

Thurlby Fen

Lilianna Witkowska-Wawer

Thurlby Fen

Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

Thurlby Fen Slipe

Old flooded borrow-pits, reed beds, scrub, grassland and meadows.


Nearest postcode PE10 0EJ

OS Map Reference

TF 119 164
A static map of Thurlby Fen Slipe

Know before you go

8 hectares

Parking information

Parking available on Long Drove road

Walking trails

Linear path along the length of the reserve


Hand gates connected by uneven, mown paths; not suitable for wheelchair users


No dogs permitted
Assistance dogs only

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

March to July

About the reserve

Slipe is the land at the foot of a river bank, and this reserve, which is about 2km (1.2 miles) long, consists of old flooded borrow-pits with a gravelly bed, associated reedbeds, scrub and grassland and adjacent hedgerows. The grassland area to the east of the reserve was arable until 1986, and part of it has been scraped to encourage an extension of the main reedbed.

The pools have a rich flora, which includes scarce marsh and aquatic plants such as greater tussock-sedge, greater spearwort, water-violet and fen pondweed. Purple-loosestrife, marsh pennywort, marsh-marigold and common spotted-orchid are also among the 210 species of flowering plants that have so far been recorded on the site. Cowslips make a spectacular show in spring. Fine chub lie in the clear pools.

Birds are numerous and varied. 109 species have been recorded, of which 40 have bred. The reserve is noted for its dragonflies with 15 species regularly recorded, 14 of which are known to have bred. 23 species of butterfly have been recorded, most favouring the west end of the reserve.

Nearest postcode PE10 0EJ. Please note - postcodes are for the nearest registered address as we are unable to get postcodes for nature reserves.

Location information

Thurlby Fen Slipe location PDF



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Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)