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Images From Red Hill Nature Reserve

June 9th 2019

a sign on a fence

There are several signs and information boards

a view over The Wolds

The site has a great view over the Lincolnshire Wolds

yellow flowers

The site hosts a variety of flowers

the disused pit

The disused pit

a view over the Wolds

The view to the west

a pink flower

A vibrant pink flower

a field with a pink flower in the foreground

More of those great views

a blue insect with translucent wings

This blue lacewing was in the disused pit area

tracks crossing the site

Walking trails criss-cross the site, many of them signposted within

the meadow

The meadow at the top of the site

Red Hill Nature Reserve is located about 7 miles south west of Louth, on Asterby Lane near Goulceby, in the heart of the Lincolnshire Wolds. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The reserve is run by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust.

One of the most striking features of the site is its red chalk, which is most visible in the area of the site that is a disused pit. However, this red chalk is gradually becoming covered with vegetation and is less visible than it has been in previous years.

Dogs are allowed, but must be kept on leads from March to the end of July in order to protect ground nesting birds. There are some areas that dogs may not access, and it is important to take note of the signs and respect the boundaries.

There is limited parking outside the site.

Wildlife and plants

The site has abundant insects during the summer, and is home to a wide range of insects that thrive on chalk grassland. There are bee orchids and other wildflowers to look out for. There were several pyramid orchids (not pictured) when I visited.

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