Woodhall Spa Airfield was formerly the home of four brave RAF squadrons, including 617 ‘The Dambusters’ Squadron, but more recently was used as a sand and gravel quarry. As a nature reserve it is a haven for wildlife as well as a place where visitors can share in the unique and peaceful atmosphere of this former airfield.
Its landscape of sandy soils with acid grassland, heathland with some marsh areas and open water is a haven for wildlife as well as a place where visitors can share in the unique and peaceful atmosphere of this former airfield.
Be sure to explore every habitat at the nature reserve. Look in sunny spots for lizards basking in the sun, discover butterflies and bees skimming over the heather, and look up to see skylarks hovering and birds of prey soaring high in the sky.
Reserve open all year.
Please note: Pedestrian access is via a locked gate and requires an access code. If visiting on a weekend, you will need to contact us for the access code on a weekday before travelling. The code is regularly updated, so even if you've visited before it's best to ring ahead.