If we are to understand how well our reserves are doing at their job – that is conserving our wildlife – then we need to know how what species are (and aren’t) found on the reserves and how well they are doing. Which is where you come in.
Our reserves, of course, are visited regularly by staff from the Trust, but they can only be on site for a minority of the time. All of us, as visitors to reserves, no matter how occasional or periodic, can act as extra sets of eyes and ears by providing our observations of wildlife.
We have some surprising gaps in our records – for example, no-one has recorded a song thrush at Toft Tunnel since 1998 (despite people looking and listening) and the last fox recorded there was in 1992! Foxes almost certainly occur there of course – but are song thrushes really absent – or has just no-one been there at the right time to see or hear either of them?
So, if you have any wildlife records for LWT reserves in the Bourne area, please submit them to Phil Huggins (via the Contact Us button) who can also supply you with a list of species for which records are sought as a priority. If you already submit your records direct to the Lincolnshire Naturalists’ Union (LNU) recorders (see below) then please continue to do so – ultimately records should be shared through the Greater Lincolnshire Nature Partnership.
The reserves covered by the Bourne area group are as follows:
· Dole Wood
· Deeping Lakes
· Great Casterton Road Banks
· Horbling Line
· Lawn Wood & Meadows
· Robert’s Field
· Stanton’s Pit
· Thurlby Fen Slipe
· Toft Tunnel
Records from outside reserves can be sent to the relevant recorders for the Lincolnshire Naturalists’ Union: see LNU recorders: http://www.lnu.org/recorders.php
We are not able to keep you updated on all the latest wildlife sightings through this website. However, there are a number of ways in which you can keep in touch with what wildlife is about and so increase your chances of seeing some of our most special or rarer species.
First, the Lincolnshire Bird Club website has a variety of forums upon which Bird Club members post sightings not only of birds but of mammals, butterflies and plants. Visit their website (http://www.lincsbirdclub.co.uk/) and click on ‘rare bird sightings’ for sightings of all birds (not just rare ones) and on the ‘forum’ for other wildlife groups. They also have a striking photo album of wildlife in the county.
If you visit the website of the Lincolnshire Naturalists’ Union, you can also sign up for their weekly email bulletin (http://www.lnu.org/wildnews.php), which provides a collation of sightings from around the county. As importantly, you are also invited to submit your own contributions to enable others to share in.