Willow Tree Fen

Sarah Craythorne

Willow Tree Fen

Lilianna Witkowska-Wawer

Please be aware that emergency gas works are affecting some of the walking routes at Willow Tree Fen. See below for details.

Former arable land being 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

Small parking area available

Grazing animals


Walking trails

Three waymarked routes available


A mixture of hard surface farm tracks and mown grass paths


On a lead


Bird hides

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April to August

About the reserve

Willow Tree Fen is a new nature reserve purchased by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust in 2009.  Formerly arable land growing beans and cereals with a number of low depressions that become waterlogged in wet periods, the fen is being restored to a typical wet fenland landscape.

The nature reserve will include a mixture of reedbeds, shallow meres, seasonally flooded pastures and hay meadows, providing habitats for rare and threatened wetland species such as otter, water vole, hairy dragonfly, spined loach, redshank, snipe and marsh harrier.

Please visit our main Willow Tree Fen page for further information.

Please do not follow satnav to find Willow Tree Fen.

Willow Tree Fen location PDF

PLEASE NOTE: Emergency gas works are currently taking place at Willow Tree Fen. The seasonal route through the meadow is currently closed, but all other routes remain unaffected. Parking in the first car park is limited to 2-3 vehicles, but the bottom car park is clear. Apologies for any inconvenience. 

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