Isle of Axeholme, Baston & Thurlby Fens (South Lincolnshire Fens)

Project Aims

Centred in the Baston and Thurlby Fens, the South Lincolnshire Fenlands Partnership aims to restore areas of wet grassland, utilised for grazing and hay production, reedbeds, swamp, wet woodlands and open water over the next 25-50 years.

These wetlands will form part of a larger project proposal to restore over 10,000 hectares across the East Midlands and East Anglian Fens.

Restoration Delivered

Willow Tree Fen (110 ha) has been purchased by Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust and transformed from arable land to a more traditional fenland landscape of shallow meres, seasonally flooded pastures, hay meadows and reedbeds. The nearby River Glen and Counter Drain provide wildlife corridors between Baston Fen, Thurlby Fen Slipe and Willow Tree Fen.

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Project Name: Isle of Axeholme, Baston & Thurlby Fens (South Lincolnshire Fens)

Organisation / Lead partner: Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

Location: South Lincolnshire

Approximate area covered: 449.6 ha

Conservation Status: Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

Predominately: Upland

Peat Habitats: Lowland heath

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