|The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust has secured £50,000 “Your Heritage” funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, £7,520 from the Lincolnshire Wolds Joint Advisory Committee and £3,000 from North Lincolnshire Council for a new two year “Life on the Verge” project in the Lincolnshire Wolds. It follows on from the hugely successful project based in south-west Lincolnshire, Rutland and east Leicestershire.
Project Officer, Mark Schofield said: "Roadside verges provide a vital network of grassland habitat and can be incredibly rich in wildflowers. With the help of volunteers, we aim to survey all 700 miles (1130km) of roadside verge in the Wolds to determine their conservation value. The information this produces will help to target conservation management in the future. Just as we did in the first “Life on the Verge” project, we hope to discover corridors and clusters of wildflower-rich verge which can support a much threatened habitat on a landscape scale."
Road verges represent a way of linking important wildlife habitat across rural and urban areas. When managed appropriately these verges can join the dots for wildlife; linking nature reserves and other wildlife rich sites and helping to create a Living Landscape where whole landscapes are restored for both wildlife and people.
For more information about “Life on the Verge” and how you can get involved visit: www.lifeontheverge.org.uk
Wildflower Training Days
Free wildflower identification training days have been organised to provide volunteers with the knowledge they need to take part in the surveys and help discover the best wild flower verges in the Wolds.
Saturday 4 June - Red Hill & Badger Farm
Sunday 5 June - Elsham Pasture and Village Hall
Wednesday 8 June - Red Hill and Badger Farm
Saturday 11 June - Elsham Pasture and Village Hall
Wednesday 15 June - Elsham Pasture and Village Hall
Saturday 25 June - Elsham Pasture and Village Hall
Saturday 2 July - Elsham Pasture and Village Hall
Saturday 9 July - Red Hill and Badger Farm
Wednesday 13 July - Red Hill and Badger Farm
Sunday 17 July - Red Hill and Badger Farm
Places on the training days must be booked in advance by contacting Mark Schofield on email: firstname.lastname@example.org, mobile: 07825 970930, switchboard: 01507 526667. They involve both an indoor and outdoor session to familiarize beginners with the wild flowers they can expect to discover for themselves on the road verges. You don’t have to join training days to take part in the surveys. Surveys should only take up to 2 hours and need only be done once. They are designed to assess conservation value by checking for only a shortlist of wildflowers even beginners can learn easily.