Open day at nature reserve near Tongue End

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The sights and sounds of summer can now be heard and seen at the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust’s Willow Tree Fen nature reserve, writes Rachel Shaw.

Swallows swooping, cuckoos cuckoo-ing and a variety of warblers singing their hearts out.

Despite being a drained arable farm prior to 2009, the fenland reserve has developed fast and is now rich in wildlife.

Willow Tree Fen is open to the public and there are three waymarked routes around the reserve.

But this Sunday offers the ideal opportunity to discover more about the site and its wildlife.

A special Open Day is being held on Sunday from 10.30am until 4pm.

There will be guided walks and tractor rides as well as activities for children including pond dipping, den building and crafts.

Entrance is free so come along and visit for a great family day out.

Willow Tree Fen is situated between Baston and Spalding on the road that connects the small hamlets of Tongue End and Pode Hole. The reserve can be seen on the north side of the road, midway between the two hamlets. The entrance is opposite Bank House Farm, and from here take the small bridge over the Counter Drain and follow the track down to the buildings. There is a small car park. The grid reference is TF181213.

Do not follow the SatNav to get to the nature reserve – it will take you down a very rough track. There is no access to the northern part of Willow Tree Fen from the A151 or West Pinchbeck.