Know before you go
Parking informationSmall parking area available
A public footpath runs around the reserve and through Pickering's Meadow
Wheelchair access possible in dry weather, mown grass paths, ground can be boggy in places
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril to July
About the reserve
From humble origins as a cereal field, Watts Wood was been carefully planned and planted by the Watts family and friends over a period of 20 years. Between 1991 and 2000, 3,200 trees were planted including some interesting species to create a site more like an arboretum than a native woodland. The trees were chosen for their benefit to wildlife and to provide colour and pleasure to walkers.
As well as the trees, great care has been given to the introduction of wild flowers, the creation of a pond and maintenance of the large hedges that surround the site. Although still in the early stages of its development, the wood and surrounding habitats attract a variety of wildlife. Birds include blackbird, house sparrow, greenfinch, blackcap, chiffchaff and whitethroat. 23 species of butterfly, 66 species of moth and 12 species of dragonfly have been recorded.
Adjacent to Watts Wood are Pickering's Meadow nature reserve and the 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.