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Parking informationLimited parking on the road verge
Grazing animalsCattle or sheep
No designated paths
Not suitable for wheelchair users or people with mobility issues
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril to July
About the reserve
The Toby's Hill area is a remnant of a 700 year old dune system which was separated from the present-day coastline by 19th century land reclamation. The reserve is named after the main hill, possibly the highest dune summit on the Lincolnshire coast; it is believed to have been artificially raised to improve its use as a war-time watchpoint/beacon site. The reserve is largely dune grassland with scrub and is of considerable botanical interest.
The common grassland butterflies are all found on the reserve in very good numbers and there is a large breeding population of 'garden' birds. The site had been protected from recreation or development damage but due to the lack of appropriate management, the nature conservation interest had been declining with the grassland largely dominated by coarse grasses and the area of scrub steadily increasing. The Trust now manages the reserve with the aim of enhancing floral diversity; grazing has been reintroduced and the amount of scrub is reduced. Small shallow scrapes have been excavated and some of these will be managed to encourage breeding by natterjack toads, which already occur on the nearby Saltfleetby Dunes NNR
Nearest postcode LN11 7RP and LN11 7RT. Please note - postcodes are for the nearest registered address as we are unable to get postcodes for nature reserves.