Willow Tree Fen
PLEASE NOTE: Nature reserve is closed temporarily to allow the cranes to return.
Know before you go
Parking informationCar Park
Temporarily closed to visitors
When to visit
Opening timesOpen temporarily until early 2021 (date tbc) when the reserve will close again to allow the cranes to return.
Best time to visitNovember - February
About the reserve
PLEASE NOTE: Willow Tree Fen is temporarily closed to allow the cranes to return. Once they are settled in, an official Watch Point will be provided from the entrance to the reserve.
When the Trust bought Willow Tree Fen in 2009 it was intensively farmed arable land growing beans and cereals. Nature has recovered. Now a more traditional fenland landscape of shallow meres, seasonally flooded pastures, hay meadows and reedbeds, it is rich in wildlife.
Many of our iconic wetland species are now thriving including lapwing, redshank, skylark, water rail, marsh harrier, shelduck, snipe, greater water parsnip, hairy dragonfly, spined loach and otter. In 2020, cranes successfully bred on the reserve. They were the first cranes to breed in Lincolnshire for 400 years.
Please visit our main Willow Tree Fen page for further information.
Please do not follow satnav to find Willow Tree Fen. There is no access to Willow Tree Fen from the Macmillan Way or from Slipe Drove/West Pinchbeck.