Snakeholme Pit, Lincolnshire

Snakeholme Pit

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.

See History

Other species

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


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.ATF

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)


Grid Reference: TF 117 716 Ordinance Survey map 121

Access and Safety

Take care around the pool, it has steep banks.


Derek Fox

  • 'Lisheen', Barlings Lane, Langworth, Lincoln LN3 5DA
  • Telephone: 01522 754214

The Year So Far

Grapholita jungiella JDApril 9th: Two Grass Snake again as well as Pied Shieldbug, Dark-edged Bee-fly and an attractive micro moth Grapholita jungiella. Brimstones, Small Tortoiseshell, Green-veined White and Peacock were all on the wing.DEBF JD


April 2nd saw the last of the winter workparties with
paths being cut, banks strimmed & raked and a general tidy up ready for the new season. There was a profusion of Lesser Celandine around the reserve and the Violets had also come into flower. Two Grass Snakes and a very young Muntjac were observed but butterflies are still few and far between with just a single Peacock.