Snakeholme Pit, Lincolnshire

Snakeholme landscape

Species to look out for

This former clay pit was used as a fish nursery until it was taken over by Butterfly Conservation. It was owned by the Environment Agency, but was formally handed over to the Lincolnshire Branch of Butterfly Conservation in December 2013.

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Other species

  • Water Vole
  • Water Shrew
  • Banded Demoiselle (damselfly)

Features

There is a beautiful meadow area at the south-east end. A sheltered sunny south-west facing bank leads down to a pond, which covers about a third of the site.

Large hedgerows with mature ash and oak trees surround part of the site. There is a good show of Cowslips in the spring and the fine summer wildflower display includes Greater Burnet-saxifrage, Betony and the unusual Adder's-tongue fern.

The pool supports many species of dragonfly and damselfly, as well as variety of aquatic molluscs and other pond-life. This small reserve attracts a notable range of birds, including kingfishers and nightingales.

Size: 0.8 hectares (2 acres)

Directions

Grid Reference: TF 116715 Ordinance Survey map 121

Site access and safety

Access to the reserve is on a Permissive basis - there are no Public Rights of Way or designated Open Access areas.  Dogs are not allowed on this reserve.

Please take care around the pool - it has steep banks.

Most ticks are little more than an irritation, but a few can transmit Lyme disease, a rare and potentially serious illness which is treatable with antibiotics if diagnosed early. It is therefore important to be informed and take some simple precautions

Contact

Derek Fox, Lincolnshire Branch Reserves Officer

Snakeholme Pit