Willow Tree Fen

Willow Tree Fen

Sarah Craythorne

Crane chick at Willow Tree Fen

Nick Williams

Willow Tree Fen

Lilianna Witkowska-Wawer

Willow Tree Fen

PLEASE NOTE: Nature reserve is closed temporarily. See below for info.

Former arable land that has been restored to reedbeds, shallow meres, seasonally flooded pastures and hay meadows.


Counter Drain Drove
West of Spalding
Nearest postcode PE11 3JH

OS Map Reference

TF 181 213
A static map of Willow Tree Fen

Know before you go

112 hectares

Parking information

Car Park

Grazing animals



Temporarily closed to visitors


On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Cloosed temporarily

Best time to visit

November - February

About the reserve

PLEASE NOTE: Willow Tree Fen is temporarily closed to whilst cranes are nesting. An official Watch Point is 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.

Location information

Willow Tree Fen location PDF

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.



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