Red Hill Nature Reserve

what species and habitats can you find?

The surrounding chalk farmland is mainly arable and the species are those of arable farmland, commoner here than many other places in the Wolds. They include quail, grey partridge, buzzard, red kite, kestrel, hobby, raven, skylark, tree sparrow, linnet, yellowhammer, reed bunting and corn bunting.

Autumn & Winter species

Generally the quietest time for the specialities which can be surprisingly hard to find as they flock up.

Coveys of grey partridge and flocks of corn bunting, linnet, skylark and tree sparrows plus chaffinch flocks which can contain brambling.

Spring & Summer species

All the winter birds are now on territory and singing. Joined by summer visitors like quail and hobby from late April onwards.

The songs of corn bunting and yellowhammer and calls of quail continue well into July. Hobby can be seen dashing after hirundines.


useful hints and tips

To find birds in the extensive landscape you are going to have to be prepared to walk for miles along quiet lanes and bridleways and explore the area. The OS Explorer Map 282 Lincolnshire Wolds North is useful in this respect. The location of the birds very much depends on the rotation of crops. Corn bunting is not known as “the fat bird of the barley” for nothing! In winter they favour any kind of stubble but in spring they spread across the landscape and are especially attracted to barley and oats, as are quail. Both these birds have their Lincolnshire stronghold in the area and knowledge of songs and calls will help you detect them. The Collins App is especially useful for songs and calls.

Park at Red Hill car park and then walk along the lane towards the Bluestone Heath Road. On a good day you will get all the specialities along this stretch. If you fancy a decent walk, eight miles or so, turn left onto the Bluestone Heath Road and left again at the second crossroads down to Welsdale Bottom. At the top of the hill turn left and follow the bridleway back to Stenigot and onto Stenigot Mast. This former radar station has magnificent views in all directions. Check the mast for ravens and peregrines and scan over the scarp slope for buzzards and red kites. Proceed on the chalk bridleway back to the Bluestone Heath Road and retrace your steps to your car. Make sure you have admired the views across Coronation Meadows before you leave. And watch out for hobby in summer!


This is open countryside and there are no facilities other than car parking at Red Hill reserve itself. Donington on Bain around 3 miles from Red Hill has a public house, The Black Horse and an excellent café, the Post and Pantry, both have toilets and good food and drink options. The Three Horseshoes Public House at Goulceby around two miles distance, has a camp and touring caravan site with glamping accommodation to rent in addition to food, drink and toilets

View from Bluestone Heath Road

getting here

Red Hill LWT nature reserve lies at Stenigot Top (LN11 9UE) on the scarp slope of the Wolds above the Bain Valley. The general area to the west of the Bluestone Heath Road between the A153 Louth to Horncastle road and the A157 Louth to Wragby road is a superb example of Wolds landscape and associated birds. The reserve itself can be reached from the village of Asterby to the south or from the Bluestone Heath Road to the north. There are two small car parks at the top of the hill which provide safe offroad car parking.



Red Hill Nature Reserve

dog access

The roadside verges and bridleways are easy to walk on but please respect any advisory signs you see and don’t trespass off public rights of way on to private farmland. Sheep are part of the farming rotation in the area and dogs should be kept on leads.

opening times

There are no time restrictions on access to the area.

Red Hill Nature Reserve


Red Hill Nature Reserve has a collection of chalk plants including cowslip, field scabious and bee orchid. A precious habitat for many species including grassland butterflies, moths and meadow pipits.