RSPB Langford Lowfields

The RSPB is working in partnership with Tarmac to restore this sand and gravel quarry along the River Trent into the biggest reedbed in the East Midlands.

Langford Lowfields reedbed in summer. Photo: Michaeol Copleston, RSPB

These restored gravel quarries are developing rapidly into vital wetland habitat, with over 30 ha of reedbed planted and a 3 ha mature woodland.

There are excellent, all year-round wildlife spectacles. The changing landscape with major habitat creation is of huge interest. Winter months generate large waterfowl numbers, starling roosts, bittern, and five owl species. Summer months include regionally important numbers of reed and sedge warblers, numerous cuckoos, marsh harriers, breeding avocets, and abundance of sand martins, over 18 species of butterflies, and badgers.

At present the only access is a public footpath that follows the entire perimeter of the site, giving great views of the changing landscape. Access to the rest of the site is by appointment only, or as a volunteer. A volunteering scheme has been set-up during weekdays, together with a monthly weekend work party. If you want to come along to see this exciting, developing reserve, contact the reserve office on 01636 893611 for group visits or to find out more about volunteering or weekend work parties.

Click here to go to the Langford Lowfields website.


By bicycle (Sustrans cycle route)

Route 64 of the National Cycle Network runs along Reserve boundary and site entrance.

By train

Collingham Station, follow station road into Collingham village until you reach the Red Lion pub at a set of crossroads. Turn left (south) and follow the main road through village towards the Kings Head pub. Opposite the Kings Head pub is a right hand turn follow this road south to cottage lane. Follow cottage lane south for half a mile until you meet a right-hand turn onto a bridleway and Sustrans cycle route No. 64 signposted to Newark. This leads to the Langford Lowfields woodland and the public footpath.

By bus

Bus from Newark to Collingham will stop near to the public footpath if asked. Plan your journey with Traveline.

By road

Please note the only public access to the main part of site is by appointment, via a guided walk or volunteering, although a public footpath runs around the perimeter. Leave the M1 at junction 21A, then merge onto the A46 (signposted Leicester, Newark). Stay on A46 for approx. 40 miles, pass around Newark and follow signs to Lincoln until you see a roundabout with first exit directing you onto the A1133 (signposted Collingham). After approximately 2 miles, turn left into the Tarmac 'works access' road, signposted Langford Quarry. There are large electricity pylons overhead at this junction, then follow the road into the Tarmac car park and sign in at the office.