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Coastal storm surge
The east coast took a battering on the evening of Thursday 5 December 2013. A tidal surge two metres above normal levels flooded coastal nature reserves.
Some of our best loved nature reserves; Donna Nook, Gibraltar Point and Far Ings, were severely affected. Freshwater habitats were inundated with salty seawater. The long term impact is difficult to predict but water voles, freshwater fish, frogs and wildflowers such as orchids aren’t adapted to survive in the salty conditions they may now be in.
The tidal surge also damaged paths, tracks, gates, fencing, noticeboards and information huts. The two visitor centres at Gibraltar Point and Far Ings were flooded and will be closed for some time. As well as these three large reserves, nature reserves in the south bank of the Humber SSSI and on the edge of the Wash were also affected.
> Read reports from the wardens at Donna Nook, Far Ings and Gibraltar Point
Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust hasn't experienced anything on this scale before. Though we have insurance for some of our losses we need support to ensure we can restore these places for wildlife and for people to enjoy.
With your support and the help of our dedicated staff and volunteers, we can repair the damage and help habitats recover.
> Please give what you can to help our coastal reserves flourish once again
Whisby Nature Park - railway crossing closure
As part of a national programme of level crossing improvements, the railway crossing at Whisby Nature Park has been closed, it will be replaced with a new bridge for pedestrians and nature reserve vehicles. It means access will be restricted, we apologise for the disruption this will cause.
> Please click here for further information
We've saved The Drift
A precious stretch of wildflower-rich green lane called The Drift which forms part of the border between Lincolnshire and Leicestershire has been given increased protection following years of damage from off-road vehicles and can now act as a vital wildlife corridor for the future.
The Lincolnshire County Council Planning and Regulations Committee met in December 2013 to decide on the future of The Drift; the stretch of the Viking Way between Denton and Skillington. The Committee took the advice of the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust and Natural England and responded to the strength of public opinion by voting in favour of a permanent, year-round closure to all motor vehicles except farm vehicles.
> We've saved The Drift
Coastal wildlife gets extra support
With the help of the Lincolnshire County Council, the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust has been able to employ a full time Warden for the Coast and The Wash.
After the successful delivery of the European funded, three-year Coastal Ranger Project (CAZLAG) which has seen 285 volunteers engaged in improving our coast for wildlife and access, Coastal Ranger Dave Miller has been employed as a full time Coast and The Wash Warden for the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust. The position has been part funded by Lincolnshire County Council.
One of the projects Dave is working on it the new nature reserve being created at Huttoft marsh. This area of rough grassland, redundant drains and unmanaged scrubland is being transformed into a coastal grazing marsh, with wetland features, scrapes and undulating sand dunes.
> Coastal wildlife gets extra support
> A new nature reserve on the Lincolnshire coast
Searching for our green heroes
Entries are being sought for the county's most prestigious celebration of environmental excellence. The Lincolnshire Environmental Awards 2014 are open for entries.
- Anglian Water Business Award
- Centrica Energy Community Award
- Toyota Lincoln Farm / Rural Enterprise Award
- FCC Young Environmentalist Award
How to enter:
Simply write a short description of your project (200 – 300 words) and send it, together with a contact name telephone number and email address, to:
Lincolnshire Environmental Awards
c/o Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Manor House Street
Lincolnshire LN9 5HF
Entries can be submitted online at www.lincsenvironmentalawards.org.uk
The closing date for entries is Monday 30 April 2014
Coastal Action Zone Local Action Group Project
The 3-year Coastal Action Zone Local Action Group (CAZLAG) Project, funded by the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE), comes to an end in September 2013.
The Project funded the creation of a volunteer training base to improve facilities for trainees to gain the training and experience required to enter a career in conservation. The other funding element was to create a brand new post of Coastal Ranger and Volunteer Training Coordinator to oversee training and volunteer recruitment as well as improve reserve management in the coastal region of East Lindsey District Council (ELDC) and increase public awareness of conservation in this region.
> Further information on EU Rural Development
A Land Fit for Heroes - appeal to buy Woodhall Spa
The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust has launched an appeal to raise half a million pounds to buy Woodhall Spa Airfield. If successful, for the first time ever, the public will be able to walk along the runway that the Lancasters took off from.
The charity currently owns over half of the airfield and an adjacent nature reserve, Kirkby Moor. By securing the rest of the site, the runway can be saved and a new nature reserve created.
Woodhall Spa Airfield will become a place where visitors can share in the unique atmosphere of spaciousness and serenity. The air will fill with the songs of skylarks. The open skies will see birds of prey soaring where aircraft once flew. It will be a fitting tribute to the many servicemen and women who gave their lives to preserve and protect our ‘green and pleasant land’.
> Please help secure Woodhall Spa Airfield by making a donation
> Find out more about Woodhall Spa Airfield
Lincolnshire's Coronation Meadow
On 5 June 2013, Red Hill nature reserve was named as one of the 60 Coronation Meadows across the UK to mark the 60th anniversary of The Queen's Coronation.
The initiative came from HRH The Prince of Wales after reading Plantlife's report on the scale of the local loss of wildflower meadows. The UK has lost 97% of its wildflower meadows since the 1930s, with every county across the UK losing, on average, a wild flower every two years - the majority of these are meadow and grassland species.
The scale of the loss has left the remaining wild meadows fragmented and wildlife isolated and even more vulnerable. Even common hay meadow plants, like yellow rattle, eyebrights and greater knapweed are in decline. These flowers, along with many others, can all be found at Red Hill nature reserve. Red Hill is 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 downland meadows in Lincolnshire.
> Red Hill Nature Reserve
> Coronation Meadows
Car Parking Season Tickets
A combined car parking season ticket for Gibraltar Point and Snipe Dales is available for £10.00 for 12 months.
The season ticket is available at the Snipe Dales Office, Gibraltar Point Visitor Centre or by post from:
Banovallum House, Manor House Street, Horncastle LN9 5HF
Please make cheques payable to "Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust".
Mark your envelope CPST and enclose a stamped addressed envelope.