Red Hill, Goulceby
"A snapshot of the past... it evokes
a sense of nostalgia."
- Paul Learoyd, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
One of the most attractive and interesting fragments of ancient 'sheep walk' downland which once covered much of the chalk wolds. Part of the site used to be a barley field. Now an extension to the SSSI, it is one of the best chalk down land meadows in Lincolnshire.
The top of the hill is the best place to spot wild flowers, especially those that favour chalk soils such as kidney vetch and bee orchids (see 'Species to spot' below). The nearby disused quarry is rich in fossils.
Header images (above) © Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust.
Cowslips at Red Hill...
How to get there
The meadow adjoins the Goulceby-Raithby road, about 1.5 km (0.9 miles) south-west of the Bluestone Heath Road. Parking places are provided at the top end and to the east of the meadow.
Species to spot
Six-spot burnet moth
Best time to see: June - Aug
Unlike many moths, the burnet moth flies during the day. Its caterpillars feed on Bird's-foot Trefoil whilst the adults feed on the nectar of knapweed, thistles and other grassland flowers. Image © Bob Coyle
Derived from Shorthorn-type cattle native to Lincolnshire that were especially suited to draught work. During the 1940s and 1950s a breeding programme resulted in the Lincoln Red becoming a hornless (polled) breed and today it is renowned as a superb beef animal
Image by Ruth Dalton, RBST
Best time to see: June and July when it flowers
A highly distinctive wildflower with a pyramid shaped head of bright pink flowers.Like many orchids, it requires a specific fungus to be present in the soil in order to bloom.
Image by Plantlife