Bardney Limewoods National Nature Reserve

what species and habitats can you find?

At Chambers Woods there are a number of walking routes and the site is probably best known for its nationally scarce butterflies with notable populations of species such as marsh fritillary, purple emperor, brown hairstreak and silver washed fritillary. A butterfly garden next to the car park is managed by volunteers from the charity Butterfly Conservation and is a good place to start any visit during the summer months. The site holds good populations of woodland birds year-round and species such as treecreeper, nuthatch, bullfinch and jay are all relatively easy to find. In the summer months, there are plenty of breeding warblers with blackcap, garden warbler, chiffchaff and willow warbler all prevalent. Woodcock are present and a visit on a summer evening may reward the lucky observer with the roding display of the males over the tops of the trees. The conifers on site may sometimes contain common crossbill.

At Fiskerton Fen wildfowl are present year-round but especially during the winter months when bittern may also be present. This time of year may also see thousands of starlings murmurating in an evening so it is worth timing a visit for late afternoon. The reedbeds are home to summer warblers such as reed, sedge and Cetti’s warblers and the scrub provides shelter for species such as yellowhammer, linnet and common whitethroat.

Autumn & Winter species

Siskin, lesser redpoll, common crossbill, bittern, treecreeper, starling (murmuration), teal, pochard, tufted duck.

Spring & Summer species

Blackcap, garden warbler, woodcock, nuthatch, jay, bullfinch, sedge warbler, Cetti’s warbler.

useful tip

It is worth combining a visit to Chambers Farm Woods with some butterfly watching during the spring and summer.


Both sites have small free car parks. There are no formal facilities at either but public toilets and shops are located in Wragby.

There are several walking trails available at Chambers Farm Woods and a small managed butterfly garden.

There is a viewing hide at Fiskerton Fen with footpaths available to the hide and river moorings.

Speckled Wood Butterfly

getting here

Chambers Farm Woods is approximately 4kms south of Wragby, east of the B1202 and is signposted from both Wragby and Bardney. Fiskerton Fen is situated on the south side of the Fiskerton to South Ferry Road, approximately 3kms east of Fiskerton and 10kms east of Lincoln.

opening times

Both sites are open at all times.

Lincolnshire Limewoods

Bardney Limewoods National Nature Reserve contains Britain’s largest concentration of woodland dominated by small-leaved lime. There are nine separate woodlands and all of these sites have been high forest or managed as coppice since the 11th century.