Ashing Lane Nature Reserve, Dunholme, and Nettleham Woodland Trust
There is a lovely community nature reserve almost on your doorstep. A mile down the narrow and rough Ashing Lane, off the east side of the A46, is the Ashing Lane Nature Reserve. It comprises 77 acres (32 hectares) of mature and growing woodlands, meadows, a lake, ponds and wetlands.
The land is owned by Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust (LWT) and Lincolnshire Co-operative. Nettleham Woodland Trust (NWT) has a 125 year lease to manage Monks Wood and Lincolnshire Co-operative Wood within the Reserve.
During 2009, around 20,000 native trees and shrubs were planted by local schoolchildren, youth groups and families on 35 acres of farmland which would become Monks Wood. The Co-operative Wood added a further 5,000 trees over ten acres to make a wet woodland in 2011.
The creation of different habitats has resulted in a huge increase in wildlife at the Reserve. Barn Owls, Tawny Owls and Short-eared Owls are nesting; Buzzards and Kestrels have become a regular sight and roe deer have been seen. Great crested newts are in two of the ponds and grass snakes live in the hedgerows.
The lake in the Co-operative Wood was dug out early in 2012. Since then swans, Little Egrets, Cormorants, a Great Crested Grebe and a Kingfisher have visited, whilst Coots, Moorhens and Reed Buntings nest in the reeds. In spring 2016, a large flock of Greylag Geese and Canada Geese appeared for a few days. One pair of Greylag Geese remained and took up residence on the island; four weeks later their four goslings appeared.
The Reserve is open all year round and there is a small car park next to Watts Wood.
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Nettleham Woodland Trust is holding its AGM on Monday 5th June at 7.30pm at The Hub, Nettleham. You are welcome to attend and hear about our work.
Nettleham Woodland Trust
3rd April 2017