The Local Area

Just a small selection of interesting and noteworthy attractions to the local area.

The Macmillian Way

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The Macmillan Way is a long-distance footpath in England that links Boston, Lincolnshire to Abbotsbury in Dorset. The route's distance is 290 miles. It is promoted to raise money for the charity Macmillan Cancer Relief. Wikipedia. Just on our doorstep for miles of beautful countryside walking.

Website Link: http://www.macmillanway.org/

Cresslands is ideally placed to visit a number of Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust (LWT) nature reserves with choices ranging from reclaimed fens through flooded gravel pits to established woodland.
Our area of the county is fortunate to be the all-year-round home of Red Kites, Marsh Harriers and Buzzards – with Ospreys, also, not far away at Rutland Water during spring and summer months.

The  LWT reserves are free to enter for non-members and most are easy to find and access. Smaller reserves within the area include Thurlby Fen, Baston Fen and Toft Tunnel with the three largest reserves in the area being:

Dole Wood (walkable from Cresslands)

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Dole Wood is a fragment of the formerly extensive primary woodland cover of South Kesteven and is classified as ‘ancient woodland’. It was extended in 2005 with a further 13 acres of woodland, grassland and a disused railway. The reserve has a wide variety of plants including a wonderful display of bluebells and other species in spring. Birds, moths and butterflies are further attractions of the reserve.

Willow Tree Fen (between Baston and Spalding, nearest post code PE11 3JH)

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Over the last 8 years or so, Willow Tree Fen has been transformed from arable land growing beans and cereal to a more traditional fenland landscape of shallow meres, seasonally flooded pastures, hay meadows and reedbeds. This reserve has increased Lincolnshire’s wild fenland by 200% and provides a significant wildlife corridor along the River Glen – connecting Baston and Thurlby Fens. This reserve has significant bird, insect and amphibian populations.

Deeping Lakes (between Market Deeping and Crowland, nearest post code PE6 8RJ)

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This reserve includes a number of flooded gravel pits noted for their abundance of wildfowl and waterbird communities, with well over 100 species of birds seen each year. The reserve is, also, notable for damselflies and dragonflies – as well as being home to 4 bat species. Otters have been seen relatively frequently on this reserve and the adjacent River Glen.

Further details of all Lincolnshire Trust reserves can be found at www.lincstrust.org.uk

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