Kirkby Gravel Pits

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Kirkby Gravel Pits: Much of the reserve consists of flooded sand & gravel pits, fringed by reeds and willows. There are also small areas of sparse vegetation, grassland, scrub, and maturing woodland. Birds are the main wildlife interest, with something of interest all year round. In spring and summer, the pits attract many breeding water birds, often including pochard and gadwall, while the islands have nesting little ringed plover and common tern, and surrounding habitats support turtle dove and eight species of warbler. Late summer and autumn bring migrant waders such as green sandpiper along with congregations of teal and other ducks. In winter the reserve is an important refuge for a variety of wetland birds. Kingfisher and green woodpecker can be seen at any time of year. Uncommon birds are always a possibility, particularly in spring and autumn; rarities in recent years include spoonbill, Temminck's stint, Baird's sandpiper and caspian tern. Notable amongst the other wildlife are grass snake, small numbers of bee orchids, and a good variety of butterflies and dragonflies, including brown argus and banded demoiselle.

Birdwatching hide nearby, giving excellent views of the largest pit.

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Situated on both sides of the Old River Bain about 1.5 km (0.9 miles) south of Kirkby on Bain, this reserve lies to the east of a minor road that connects Kirkby on Bain with Tattershall.


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