Swanholme Lakes LNR
Designated site name: Swanholme Lakes LNR   View map
LNR Type: Urban Type:  Biological
County: LINCOLNSHIRE Natural England Area Team: East Midlands (LNR)
Other overlapping designations: Swanholme Lakes SSSI
Date of Declaration: 01/01/1991 Declaring Authority: Lincoln City Council
Area (Ha): 52.51 Grid Reference: SK 943 685
Owned By:  City of Lincoln Council Managed By:  City of Lincoln Council
Location: City of Lincoln, LN6 0EY
How to get there: Please check how to get to the LNR e.g. Using Traveline Traveline website or phone 0871 200 22 33 (chargeable call)

Swanholme Lakes LNR is accessed through Hartsholme Country Park which is signposted from the A46 Lincoln bypass and from the B1003 (Tritton Road). The park entrance is on the B1378 (Skellingthorpe Road). A regular bus service (numbers 29, SB2, SB6 and 66A) runs from the Central Bus Station. The nearest bus stop is 200m from the main entrance.

Visitor facilities: We advise you to check information about the current visitor facilities before you go to the LNR e.g. through the local authority or managing body's website.

What to see: Swanholme Lakes are formed from flooded sand and gravel pits. The open water supports several uncommon species of submerged plants and is surrounded by a species rich mosaic of habitats. The sandy heath, willow carr and sphagnum bog are of county importance for amphibians and reptiles and support several invertebrate groups including grasshoppers, crickets, bumblebees and solitary wasps.

24 species of butterfly have been recorded including purple hairstreak and speckled wood. Breeding birds include warblers, finches, greater spotted and green woodpeckers. Common lizard, adder and grass snake have been recorded here. Species in the national and local BAPs include bullfinch and common pipistrelle while habitats include lowland heathland.

Volunteer and 'Friends': For information about volunteering and 'Friends' groups, please contact the manager and see teh local authority or managing body's website.
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