Furze Hill

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The reserve consists of hillside grassland and streamside habitats in the valley of a tributary of the River Lymn. The main part of the reserve lies beyond this meadow on the opposite side of the stream over a wooden bridge.

There are attractive streamside habitats along the valley and hillside flushes, which are associated with the junction of the Spilsby Sandstone and the Kimmeridge Clay where many wet-loving plants thrive, including the uncommon blinks. The Kimmeridge Clay is exposed in places along the bank of the stream. Beside the stream is the site of an old water mill (marked by a nettle-covered mound). Nearby is a willow on which grow a remarkable variety of epiphytes, including ivy, mosses, lichens, hawthorn and gooseberry. On the north of Furze Hill is an old sand quarry with dense gorse cover, which provides good nesting sites for small birds, particularly linnets. This drier grassland supports heath bedstraw, dove's-foot crane's-bill, common stork's-bill, bird's-foot and parsley-piert.

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The reserve lies to the south of the village of Hagworthingham, about 6.4 km (4 miles) east of Horncastle. Turn off the A158 road and pass through the village centre, following Water Lane to a ford. The entrance to the reserve is on the left immediately after crossing the ford.


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