Swanholme Lakes SSSI

Swanholme Nature Reserve can be found sharing the same boundary as Hartsholme Country Park, of which parts can be accessed through the Nature Reserve.

Swanholme Nature Reserve was formed from a series of flooded sand and gravel pits and has a mosaic of habitat types. The species found within them are important features both nationally and locally in terms of biodiversity.

It is an important wildlife site for Lincoln and was designated a Site of Specific Scientific Interest (SSSI) in 1985, and a Local Nature Reserve status was granted in 1991. The site was formally a gravel quarry, and now the 63-hectare site consists of dry heath, wet heath, sphagnum bog and open water habitats.

Because of it’s SSSI status, some areas of the Lakes cannot be accessed by the public.

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Swanholm Lakes SSSI
Hartsholme Country Park
Skellingthorpe Road

The Nature Reserve shares a boundary with Hartsholme Country Park.The area can be accessed through Hartsholme Country Park. Hartsholme Country Park is signposted from the A46 Lincoln Bypass and from the B1003 (Tritton Road). The park entrance is on the B1378 (Skellingthorpe Road).

Car Parking is at the Hartsholme Country Park car park with a 1km walk to the entrance of Swanholme. Disabled parking at the Swanholme entrance is available through contact with the Park Rangers.