Willow Tree Fen

Sarah Craythorne

Crane chick at Willow Tree Fen

Nick Williams

Willow Tree Fen

Lilianna Witkowska-Wawer

Willow Tree Fen

Willow Tree Fen is open temporarily until early 2021 (date tbc) when the reserve will close again to allow the cranes to return.

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

Location

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

Size
112 hectares

Parking information

Car Park

Grazing animals

Cattle

Access

Footpaths are level, the majority are hard surfaced, can be muddy in places.

Dogs

No dogs permitted

When to visit

Opening times

Open temporarily until early 2021 (date tbc) when the reserve will close again to allow the cranes to return.

Best time to visit

November - February

About the reserve

PLEASE NOTE: Willow Tree Fen is open temporarily until early 2021 (date tbc) when the reserve will close again to allow the cranes to return. 

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.

Willow Tree Fen location PDF

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