Woodlands & Meadows
At Highfields retreat we are extremely fortunate to have over 100 acres of our own private Lincolnshire woodlands for our customers (and the wildlife) to enjoy. Our woodlands are mature and consist of two separate woods, one located centrally to the park and the other on our Eastern boundary.
Both woodlands were planted in the late 1950’s/early 60’s and have beautiful walkways for our customers to enjoy. The wild deer can also be seen in these ‘Rides’ along with the Buzzards and Sparrow Hawks who use them for hunting their prey. The eastern woodland known as ‘Spanby Wood’ also has the benefit of two sizeable ponds/lakes – a great location for watching the water fowl.
Our woodlands benefit from a huge variety and combination of walks which are ideal for taking a gentle stroll (or even a several mile walk), for wildlife photography or for a place to walk the dog/s. In areas in the middle they consist predominantly of Pine and Spruce trees whereas the outer edges are full of native broadleaf trees and mature hedgerows, a great home for the birds. Please see our woodland walk maps below for a visual guide.
We have erected a large number of bird, bat and owl boxes and it is great to see so many occupied each year, especially the Tawny Owl box where the mother could be seen rearing her young. Another woodland project has been the exciting installation of our purpose built wildlife observatory and feeding stations. Holiday Home Owners & Holiday Makers can enjoy sitting amongst a multitude of wild birds and mammals to observe their antics and rituals in a safe, comfortable and natural environment. We keep a ‘sightings’ book within the hide which we encourage residents to use and there’s a notice board for our customer’s photographs of wildlife they have seen too.
Access to these woodlands is exclusive and free and can you can enjoy them whenever you wish – they add a very special uniqueness to Highfields Retreat and are an environment we are delighted to have.
In addition to over 100 acres of woodlands, we also have many acres of beautiful grassland meadows near to our Caravans for sale for our customers to enjoy and explore, which also offer stunning views out to the surrounding Lincolnshire countryside.
We have mown miles of attractive paths through the grassland meadows for you to walk along and often the wildlife can be right in front of you, whether it be butterflies floating from flower to flower around your knees, pheasants nesting in the grass or Sky Larks and Swallows sailing elegantly up above – and we’d best not forget to mention the large herd of wild fallow deer that can be seen almost daily, either grazing or resting in amongst the grass. Later in the day, or by evening, the meadows turn into a rich hunting ground for Barn Owls and Kestrels which are a delight to watch.
The meadows are perfect for walking the dog/s, and there are also a number of benches set around in the event you need to take a minute during a long walk for a rest, or simply wish to sit out in the sunshine in the countryside with a good book.
The beautiful Highfields Oak tree stands majestically on the highest point of the meadows and is estimated to be around 100 years old. The Oak tree has the richest wildlife fauna of any tree in Britain. Over 280 different insects and 300 species of lichen alone rely on the Oak and a wealth of birds and animals visit the Oak to feed upon them in turn. You will often see our herds of wild Deer congregating below its crown and a Barn Owl, which nests in the box we have installed.