Work begins on part of 40 acre nature site


Initial works have begun on part of a local nature reserve first purchased in 2012.

The Lincolnshire Coastal Country Park is an area of coastal fields and marshes lying between Sandilands, Huttoft and Chapel St Leonards, covering approximately eight kilometres of coastline and up to 35 square km of coastal hinterland.

Rough grassland, redundant drains and unmanaged scrubland is being transformed into a coastal grazing marsh as landscaping of the site is in operation to ensure sufficient drainage for the neighbouring Sandilands Golf Course and farms.

Overseeing the work, newly appointed The Wash Warden, Dave Miller said: “The area needs to be as wet as possible for wading birds, without causing a problem to our neighbours.”

With drainage work almost complete, explained Dave, bulldozers will next arrive and will create shallow scrapes for pools and wet grassland to attract wildfowl and wading birds.

During winter, the area should draw in flocks of Golden Plover, Lapwing, Curlew, Brent Geese, Whooper Swan and Little Egrets.

In spring, species such as: Reed Bunting, Reed Warbler, Marsh Harrier and Redshank will potentially visit, as well as frogs, damselflies and dragonflies.

Fenced areas allowing livestock to manage the grassland, perimeter paths linking into existing path networks, viewing screens and a hide will also be created after ground works are completed at the Huttoft Marsh site, owned by Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust and Lincolnshire County Council, scheduled for April 2014.

Councillor Colin Davie, Executive Member for the Environment at LCC, said: “This nature reserve will secure the future of this unique expanse of marshland for generations.

“Over the coming years we’ll work with the Wildlife Trust to keep investing in the area to create a sanctuary for all kinds of animals, birds and plants.

“But it’s not just nature we want to bring in. I hope we can also encourage people to visit our coast to discover what Lincolnshire has to offer.”