Willoughby Branch Line LNR
Designated site name: Willoughby Branch Line LNR   View map
LNR Type: Rural Type:  Biological
County: LINCOLNSHIRE Natural England Area Team: East Midlands (LNR)
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Date of Declaration: 01/01/1982 Declaring Authority: Lincolnshire County Council
Area (Ha): 6.24 Grid Reference: TF 472 734
Owned By:  Lincolnshire County Council Managed By:  Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Location: Willoughby, LN13
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)

The main access to the reserve is on the Farlesthorpe-Willoughby road. A small car park is provided near this entrance. From the B1196 road, a few metres east of the old Willoughby station crossing, a green lane access may be used by courtesy of the owner.

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: The reserve is part of the disused branch railway from Willoughby to Mablethorpe. Since the line was taken up in 1971, the track has developed into a fine wildlife area with ashwood, hawthorn scrub and grassland supporting a varied flora, including abundant bird's-foot trefoil and restharrow, hemp-agrimony, spotted-orchid, twayblade, lady's bedstraw, yellow-wort and great burnet. Butterflies include common blue and several species of skippers and browns. Whitethroat, lesser whitethroat, blackcap, sedge warbler, redpoll and other finch species, and occasionally nightingale, nest in the reserve. Hips and haws attract fieldfares and redwings in winter, and barn owls frequently use the track for hunting.

Volunteer and 'Friends': For information about volunteering and 'Friends' groups, please contact the manager and see teh local authority or managing body's website.
Contact the local authority or owner of the LNR for further information - e.g. through the Local authority website.

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