Hatton Meadows

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Hatton Meadows: The reserve consists of two small damp meadows adjoining Hatton Wood (SSSI). Tall hedges surround most of the meadows and contain both species of hawthorn as well as crab apple, field maple, blackthorn, purging buckthorn and a few large oak trees.

Along the edge of Hatton Wood, woodland species, such as primrose, giant bellflower and wood avens, can be found, and angelica, valerian and water avens can be seen on the sides of the ditches. The tall hedges and proximity of Hatton Wood make the site attractive to birds with many breeding on the reserve, including garden and willow warblers, blackcap and nightingale. Many butterflies, including some scarce species, have been recorded, among which are purple and brown hairstreaks, white admiral, common blue and large skipper.

A return to the traditional management of hay-cutting and aftermath grazing with sheep since acquisition has allowed the sward to become more open, thus improving both the variety and quantity of herbs.

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Lincolnshire, England, Great Britain, UK, Europe
Chambers Farm Wood, Minting Wood, Hatton Wood, Great Scrubs Wood


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The reserve consists of old grassland on heavy clay soil of a type now rare in the county. Meadow plants, such as great burnet, saw-wort and devil's-bit scabious, are abundant, while the green-winged orchid survives in small numbers. A woodland edge on all sides enhances the value of the reserve for birds and insects. Woodcock, great spotted and green woodpeckers, nightingale, grasshopper and other warblers nest in the adjoining woodland and scrub.


How to get here


Situated on the north side of Hatton Wood, access is from the Wragby-Horncastle A158 road and via a hard track, which, if travelling from Horncastle, is on the left shortly after the Midge Inn and opposite the entrance to the British Gas site.


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