Greetwell Hollow

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Greetwell Hollow is an interesting wildlife haven and geological site. At one time mined for ironstone and quarried for limestone, there is still an extensive quarry face to the east of the nature reserve. Much of this quarry, and the southern part of Greetwell Hollow, are notified as a Site of Special Scientific Interest for the historically important exposures of the Lincolnshire limestone formation.

The limestone grassland of the valley supports a fine range of wildflowers including centuary, greater knapweed, field scabious and an exceptionally large colony of bee orchids. The scrub provides excellent habitat for winter thrushes and for nesting birds such as linnet and whitethroat. The stream that flows through the centre of the reserve supports wetland plants and attracts snipe, moorhen and heron.

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The reserve lies on the eastern edge of Lincoln, off Outer Circle Road.


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