Whisby Nature Reserve Dragonfly Hotspot



Whisby Nature Reserve is located near the city of Lincoln and is a haven for dragonflies and damselflies. This extensive former gravel pits is managed by Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust and was designated as a Dragonfly Hotspot in July 2021. There is a purpose-built education barn at the entrance to the reserve, where you will find passionate volunteers sharing their knowledge with visitors and a formal education centre that can cater for school groups of all ages. This reserve has everything that human visitors need and is currently home to an impressive 23 species of dragonfly and damselfly too.




Grebe Lake by Neil Roberts

The lakes at Whisby Nature Reserve are surrounded by grassland, marsh, scrub and willow carr. Elements of the original quarry landscape remain, with fragments of heathland, old hedgerows and a small oak woodland.The variety of lakes, ponds and running water make this former site of sand and gravel workings rich in dragon and damselflies. This is a must visit site during spring and summer, with excellent visitor facilities and all ability accessible trails, we thoroughly recommend a visit – you won’t be disappointed!

Opening times, entry costs, facilities and directions

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Volunteering opportunities

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Image by Julian Beckton

Contact Us

Whisby Nature Park
Moor Lane

T: 01522 500676

Species Information

In total 23 species have been recorded. Highlights are the Red-eyed Damselfly, Hairy Dragonfly, Black-tailed Skimmer and Ruddy Darter which are all regularly seen.

Whisby Nature Reserve Dragonfly Hotspot