Willoughby Branch Line
Know before you go
Parking informationSmall parking area available
A linear, public footpath runs the length of the reserve
Uneven mown grass tracks, can be muddy after wet weather; not suitable for wheelchair users
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril to July
About the reserve
The reserve is part of the disused branch railway from Willoughby to Mablethorpe. Since the line was taken up in 1971, the track has developed into a fine wildlife area with ashwood, hawthorn scrub and grassland supporting a varied flora, including abundant bird's-foot trefoil and restharrow, hemp-agrimony, spotted-orchid, twayblade, lady's bedstraw, yellow-wort and great burnet.
Butterflies include common blue and several species of skippers and browns. Whitethroat, lesser whitethroat, blackcap, sedge warbler, redpoll and other finch species, and occasionally nightingale, nest in the reserve. Hips and haws attract fieldfares and redwings in winter, and barn owls frequently use the track for hunting.
Nearest postcode LN13 9PG. Please note - postcodes are for the nearest registered address as we are unable to get postcodes for nature reserves.