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Birding Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire (abbreviated to Lincs) is a county in east central England. It borders Norfolk to the south east, Cambridgeshire to the south, Rutland to the south west, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire to the west, South Yorkshire to the north west, and East Yorkshire to the north. It also borders Northamptonshire in the south for just 20 yards (18 m), England's shortest county boundary. The county town is Lincoln, and is the most populous with Grimsby and Scunthorpe not far behind..

Lincolnshire is a very big county and ornithologically it is over shadowed by Yorkshire to the North and Norfolk to the South East. However, time spent birding in Lincolnshire can be very rewarding. Flanked by two major estuaries, the Humber and the Wash, which provide vast mudflats for migrating waders and over-wintering wildfowl, these two estuary dominate the coastal birding. These two areas are separated by Donna Nook, Rimac and Gibraltar Point with coastal marshes. Inland the birding is influenced by the river valleys of the Trent and Witham, with the occasion reservoir providing areas of birding note. The low rolling chalk hills of the central Wolds providing vast areas of farmland, and ecologically are very interesting as there are few hills elsewhere in the county excepting the Kesteven Uplands, comprising rolling limestone hills, in the south west. In the south east are the Lincolnshire Fens with the Carrs (similar to the Fens) in north.

Top Sites

Barton Claypits

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Old clay pits in the shadow of the Humber Bridge, on the edge of the Humber estuary attract wintering wildfowl, but reed beds can support wintering Bittern and Bearded Tit. LTNC own several of these pits.

Cleethorpes Coast Local Nature Reserve

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This is an excellent all-round under watched site with a good variety of habitat. The area runs from Cleethorpes Leisure Centre (TA 315 080) south for one mile to Buck Beck Outfall (TA 326 068). A strip of buckthorn runs the length flanked by salt marsh, mudflat and an outer sandbank known as the roost ridge, this is quite spectacular (winter) on the bigger tides with thousands of Knot, Golden and Grey Plover, Bar tailed Godwit, Sanderling, Dunlin etc swelled by numbers from Spurn bight across the river and other feeding areas around the estuary. Do not attempt to walk out to this ridge on spring tides unless you want a ride in the inshore lifeboat! With all this food available Peregrine has become almost routine in winter with Merlin usually present. To the rear lies the boating lake, Phalaropes, Bewicks Swan and Merganser among birds recorded here. Toilets and refreshments are available here at the Discovery Centre, (open year round). The pumping station (TA 322 072); surrounded by mature trees/bushes can be productive in favourable conditions spring/autumn; Yellow browed Warbler, Firecrest and Red breasted Flycatcher have been seen here. Behind the free car park at buck beck outfall lies the area known as the old tip, again plenty of trees/bushes to investigate, Red backed and Great grey Shrike recorded here. At the back flows Buck Beck, a pleasant walk in itself, (Black bellied Dipper 1967). The site is best worked by parking at the free car park at Buck Beck Outfall and walking north along the tarmac walk/cycleway to the Leisure Centre and returning via the beach between the buckthorn and greenmarsh. Among the sites notable rarities are Lesser Yellowlegs and Gull-billed Tern, anything can turn up here.

Covenham Reservoir

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A huge concrete sided bath tub. Never has such a bird unfriendly habit been constructed, yet the site always attracts sea ducks, gulls, divers, grebes and wildfowl. Everything always seems a very long way off, yet the site has hosted an impressive list of rarities.

Deeping Lakes

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A number of flooded gravel pits noted for their abundance of wildfowl and waterbird communities.

Donna Nook

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Donna Nook is a National Nature Reserve managed by Lincolnshire Wildlife Triust. It covers more than 10 km (6.25 miles) of coastline between Grainthorpe Haven in the north and Saltfleet in the south where it borders the Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe National Nature Reserve.

Far Ings National Nature Reserve

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There's always something to see or hear when looking out over the reedbeds of Far Ings, whether it's the sound of the reeds as they sway in a gentle breeze, the song of hidden warblers or bearded tits, the eerie boom of a bittern, or a marsh harrier drifting over then disappearing into the reedbed.

Frampton Marsh

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is a RSPB reserve with Kirton Marsh (TF351358) adjoining it. Past rarities have included Lesser Grey and Woodchat Shrike, Little Egret. Winter Harrier Roost.

Freiston Shore

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Freiston Shore is managed by the RSPB. There you can get excellent views of waterbirds on the salt water lagoon, especially at high tide when wading birds roost, sometimes in their thousands.

Gedney Drove End and Terrington Marsh

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both form part of The Wash National Nature Reserve. All sites hold large numbers of shorebirds and wildfowl in winter.

Gibraltar Point

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(Located 2/3 kms south of Skegness) One of Lincolnshire's top migration watch points can always turn up something. Vast mud flats attract large numbers of wintering wildfowl and waders. Recent years has seen a significant number of wintering Shorelarks.

Holbeach Marsh

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all 3 Harriers seen also Short-eared Owl, rarer waders seen include Spotted Sandpiper, Sharp-tailed Sand and Long-billed Dowitcher.

Kirkby on Bain Gravel Pits

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This reserve is an excellent bird-watching site. In spring and summer the shallow water, with its numerous spits and islands, suits many breeding birds.

LNR Cleethorpes Country Park

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Occasionally this site turns up some really interesting birds. The site has a ranger/warden, but often there are more fishermen than birds on the lake. Always worth a look.

Messingham Sand Quarry

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A series of lagoons created by the extraction of sand.

Snipe Dales Country Park & Nature Reserve

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Snipe Dales is one of the few semi-natural wet valley systems still surviving in Lincolnshire. It is an area of two halves with mixed woodland in the Country Park and wet valleys, grassland and scrub in the nature reserve. This diversity supports a wide range of birds and other wildlife including butterflies and dragonflies. The attractive valleys of Snipe Dales, fretted by streams, offer wonderful views of the southern Lincolnshire Wolds.

Tetney Marshes RSPB

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Tetney Marshes covers over 1,500 hectares of coastal mudflats, salt marsh, dunes and saline lagoons on the north Lincolnshire coast. The reserve forms an important part of the Humber estuary, which is one of the top five estuaries for birds in the UK, with at least 175,000 birds using the estuary during the winter months…

The Wash

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Vast area of mud flats and tidal creeks, best viewed from Witham Mouth, Butterwick, Wrangle and Friskney. Birds can sometimes be along way off.

Toft Newton Reservoir

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Good site for Gulls and Wildfowl.

Whisby Nature Park

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Whisby Nature Park is managed by Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust. It is a beautiful landscape near Lincoln, full of wildlife, walks and trails. Once barren and lifeless, this amazing place now abounds with wildlife. The park was created by quarrying for sand and gravel, but nature has been encouraged to reclaim the pits and bare sand, creating habitats for many species.

Willow Tree Fen

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Willow Tree Fen has been transformed from arable land growing beans and cereal to a more traditional fenland landscape of shallow meres, seasonally flooded pastures, hay meadows and reedbeds. At one-time the south Lincolnshire fens were a wilderness landscape. However, very little of this wild fenland now remains. Occupying an area of 274 acres, the most significant remaining fragments of wild fenland are Baston Fen and Thurlby Fen Slipe nature reserves. Whilst these two reserves are important for the protection of rare and threatened species of wetland flora and fauna, they are too small to support some of the larger fenland birds and animals, and possibly too small to cope with a changing climate.

Woodhall Spa Airfield Nature Reserve

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Woodhall Spa Airfield was formerly the home of four brave RAF squadrons, including 617 ‘the Dambusters’ Squadron, but more recently was used as a sand and gravel quarry. As a nature reserve it is a haven for wildlife as well as a place where visitors can share in the unique and peaceful atmosphere of this former airfield.

Contributor

County Recorder

Phil Hyde [South]

The Cottage, Fen Lane, East Keal, Spilsby, PE23 4AY

01790752590

philhyde55@gmail.com

John Clarkson [North]

33 Ramsgate, Louth, Lincs LN11 0NB

07734 214603

recorder_north@lincsbirdclub.co.uk

Number of Species

Number of bird species: 400

County Bird - Grey Heron Ardea cinerea

Useful Reading

Birds of Louth

by John Clarkson | Paperback | 2007 | Louth Naturalists',Antiquarian & Literary Society | 80 pages

ISBN: 9780953953356

Buy this book from NHBS.com

Where to Watch Birds in the East Midlands

by Rob Fray, Christopher Helm 2006, ISBN 0713675306 See Fatbirder Review

ISBN: 0713675306

Buy this book from NHBS.com

Useful Information

Far Ings Nature reserve

email: farings@lincstrust.co.uk

GibLine

Telephone: 0891 700257 [50p per minute]

Gibraltar Point

email: gibpoint@lincstrust.co.uk

Forums & Mailing Lists

Lincolnshire Birding

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Lincs Bird Club Forum

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The LBC Forum. To register on this forum you must now be a member of the LBC - see Membership Page for details. If you would like to post an item, but ARE NOT a forum member please submit information using the Record Form: if suitable the information will be posted on the LBC Forum on your behalf.

Lincsbirders

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Guides & Tour Operators

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Birding Pal

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Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area…

Trip Reports

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CloudBirders

Trip Report Repository

CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.

2007 [04 April] - David & Amanda Mason - North Lincolnshire

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We visited Far Ings in the late afternoon on 12th and early morning on 13th April and searched in vain for a visiting drake Garganey. We also missed out on Bittern and Bearded Tit. In fact, species wise, the site was a little disappointing. We saw the occasional Snipe, Marsh Harrier, Tree Sparrow and Bullfinch, but with only 35 species overall from two visits, it just wasn't our day (or two!)…

Places to Stay

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Beach House in Cleethorpes

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Beach House is our beautiful self catering holiday home (sleeps up to 6 people – 3 bedrooms) right in the heart of Cleethorpes. It is located in a quiet residential street, just around the corner from Cleethorpes Beach. Private parking and gardens.

Cedar Park Cottages - Tetney

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North Lincolnshire Self Catering Holiday Cottages , Tetney, Lincolnshire DN36 5NG - Standing in 5 acres of landscaped gardens, including lawned areas, meadows and paddocks it is an ideal spot for the holiday maker who wants to be close to the coast and also enjoy the peace and tranquility of the Lincolnshire countryside…

Seaside Lodge - Anderby Creek

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Seaside Lodge is close to many nature reserves, with vibrant bird life. The private, lakeside garden at Seaside Lodge has an uninterupted view over the quiet fishing lake, so you won't even have to travel to enjoy a spot of birding! There are even binoculars and bird watching guides in the lodge for guests. Twitcher, birdwatcher or birder - whichever you prefer, Seaside Lodge is the perfect, scenic and cosy base from which to explore Lincolnshire's renowned birdwatching spots.

Organisations

Friends Of Far Ings National Nature Reserve

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This facebook page is run by members of the Far Ings nature reserve bird study group. The page aims are to promote the Far Ings bird study group, the Linconshire Wildlife Tust, and the Far Ings Nature Reserve and its Wildlife.

Lincolnshire Bird Club

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HON. SECRETARY: Jim Wright - secretary@lincsbirdclub.co.uk - Joining the Lincolnshire Bird Club is a great way to make new birdwatching friends and contacts in Lincolnshire! If you are a "beginner", but keen to become actively involved in birding, you will find that learning about your county's wild birds - how, when and where to see them - is both easier and more enjoyable when undertaken in the company of our local enthusiasts. If you're already an active birdwatcher you can add another dimension to your birding by becoming involved in our varied local activities…

Lincolnshire Naturalists Union

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The LNU is the only amateur Natural History Society covering the whole of Lincolnshire. Members study, record, hold meetings, supply information, publish books, exhibit, discuss and learn.

Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

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Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust is a voluntary charitable organisation which cares for Lincolnshire's wildlife and countryside. It is one of 47 similar Wildlife Trusts covering the UK which are affiliated to the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts. Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust is one of the oldest of these county trusts, having been founded in 1948. The Trust covers the whole of the historic county of Lincolnshire - from the Humber to the Wash.

RSPB Boston Wildlife Explorers

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This group provides children and young people with a programme of activities that develops their interest in birds and wildlife.

RSPB Grimsby Local Group

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The group's aim is to introduce new members to the RSPB and raise money to help our local nature reserves. We have our main indoor meetings on the third Monday of each month September through to June. The group also run outdoor day trips to reserves.

RSPB Lincoln Local Group

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The RSPB Lincoln Local Group was established in 1974 and it is run by volunteers. We hold regular events to which RSPB members and members of the public are welcome.

RSPB South Lincolnshire Social Group

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The group's aim is to support actively the work of the RSPB in the local community and to involve RSPB members and the wider public in the Society's conservation, public affairs, education, fundraising and other activities. The group does not have a membership. Instead a small core of members organise boat trips out into the Wash, local walks and one meeting a year jointly with each of the Spilsby and Pinchbeck branches of the Wildlife Trust.

Woodland Trust

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The Woodland Trust Kempton Way Grantham Lincolnshire NG31 6LL 0147 658 1111 mailto:england@woodlandtrust.org.uk

Observatories

Gibraltar Point Bird Observatory

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Warden: Kevin Wilson, Gibraltar Point Field Station, Skegness, Lincs PE24 4SU. 01754 898079 lincstrust@gibpoint.freeserve.co.uk For further information regarding the Reserve and its wildlife, please contact Kevin Wilson mailto:kwilson@lincstrust.co.uk

Museums

University of Hull - Ecology and Environment

Course

A hands-on degree that develops your knowledge of the diversity and complexity of the natural world.

Reserves

Lincolnshire Nature Reserves

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Map with all the reserves in the county…

LWT Baston Fen Nature Reserve

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The various gravel workings between Langtoft and Baston, north of Peterborough have left numerous pits in varying stages of natural regeneration. These pits, and their surrounding habitats, provide good general birding with plenty of year round interest…

LWT Deepings Lakes

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The Deepings Pits comprise two old ballast pits which were dug for material for the construction of the railway which runs between them. They are The Mere and Dandridge`s Pit. Both are private and very difficult to work. The Mere can be viewed from the track which runs alongside the River Welland where, especially in the spring, excellent views can be had of the breeding herons and cormorants. The woodland area alongside the track is also excellent for general woodland species with woodpeckers, treecreepers, tits, etc

LWT Donna Nook National Nature Reserve

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Donna Nook National Nature Reserve covers more than 10 km (6.25 miles) of coastline between Grainthorpe Haven in the north and Saltfleet in the south where it borders the Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe National Nature Reserve.

LWT Far Ings National Nature Reserve

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There's always something to see or hear when looking out over the reedbeds of Far Ings, whether it's the sound of the reeds as they sway in a gentle breeze, the song of hidden warblers or bearded tits, the eerie boom of a bittern, or a marsh harrier drifting over then disappearing into the reedbed.

LWT Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve

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Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve is an area of some 430 hectares comprising sandy and muddy seashores, sand-dunes, saltmarshes and freshwater habitats extending for a distance of about 3 miles along the Lincolnshire coast, from the southern end of Skegness to the entrance of the Wash. The Reserve is managed by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust under a lease from its owners the Lincolnshire County Council and East Lindsey District Council. The primary function of the Reserve, which is recognised as an area of international scientific interest, is to conserve this unspoilt stretch of coastline and its important communities of plants and animals. Within the Reserve is the most extensive complex of sand-dunes and saltmarshes in Lincolnshire.

LWT Snipe Dales Country Park & Nature Reserve

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The attractive valleys of Snipe Dales, fretted by streams, offer wonderful views of the southern Lincolnshire Wolds. Snipe Dales is one of the few semi-natural wet valley systems still surviving in Lincolnshire. It is an area of two halves with mixed woodland in the Country Park and wet valleys, grassland and scrub in the nature reserve. This diversity supports a wide range of birds and other wildlife including butterflies and dragonflies.

LWT Whisby Nature Park

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Whisby Nature Park is a beautiful landscape near Lincoln, full of wildlife, walks and trails. Once barren and lifeless, this amazing place now abounds with wildlife. The park was created by quarrying for sand and gravel, but nature has reclaimed the pits and bare sand, creating habitats for many species.

NE The Wash National Nature Reserve

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The Wash National Nature Reserve is the biggest reserve in England, covering over 8880 ha. It’s also the most important wetland site in the UK, with its vast mudflats and huge expanse of salt marsh supporting thousands of birds all year round. In winter, the Reserve attracts large numbers of wildfowl including pink-footed geese, brent geese and shelduck, while in the summer, waders and seabirds come here to breed. The Wash is also one of the best breeding areas in England for common seals.

RSPB Frampton Marsh

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A major new extension to this coastal wetland reserve includes a reedbed, large freshwater scrapes and wet grassland. These habitats have all been created to bring the wildlife of the Wash closer to you.

RSPB Freiston Shore

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At Freiston Shore you can get excellent views of waterbirds on the salt water lagoon, especially at high tide when wading birds roost, sometimes in their thousands.

RSPB Tetney Marshes

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Tetney Marshes covers over 1,500 hectares of coastal mudflats, salt marsh, dunes and saline lagoons on the north Lincolnshire coast. The reserve forms an important part of the Humber estuary, which is one of the top five estuaries for birds in the UK, with at least 175,000 birds using the estuary during the winter months.

Waters’ Edge Country Park and Visitor Centre

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North Lincolnshire Council has adopted the Waters Edge Visitor Centre as the communication and transmission hub for the region wide "Wildlife Surveillance Network"…

Blogs

Andy Mason - Cock of the Rock

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This blog is inspired by the cover of the 1961 Brooke Bond Tea Card album 'Tropical Birds'. Heady days!

Gibraltar Point Bird Observatory Blog

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The Bird Observatory at Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve is managed and run by The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust whilst the Observatory Ringing is carried out entirely by volunteers at Gibraltar Point. Ringing started at Gib in 1949 and has continued to this day with over 200,000 New birds ringed during that time by a huge number of both local and visiting ringers. As this site is being written and managed by the Observatory Ringing Group it's content is mainly concerned with the ringing on the reserve. (Although i (Mick Briggs) am working on an idea to update the blog more regularly with up to date sightings from the reserve) Check back regularly though and i shall endeavour to keep you entertained with our activities, above all, please enjoy our Observatory Blog!

Graham Catley - Pewit

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ornithological consultant, photographer, serious local patch birder. The blog mainly features photographs from North Lincolnshire and foreign trips-most photos taken with a Canon 1DIIN 1DIII and a Canon 500 f4.

Howard Booty - Howards Birdspot

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I am an amateur photographer from Barton Upon Humber, North Lincolnshire. I am interested in specifically wildlife photography, mainly birds. Last updated June 2015

Jack Dawson - Jack Dawson Wildlife

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I am a 17 year old birder, conservationist, wildlife photographer and videographer, trainee bird ringer and nest recorder.

Josh Jones - Josh's Blog

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25-year-old wildlife, photography, sport and electronic music enthusiast. BirdGuides news manager. Was Lincs birder

Midmarsh Jottings

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A mainly pictorial record of the wildlife and events in my part of Lincolnshire. My garden has two bird nest boxes and a Hedgehog house fitted with video cameras. There are several bird feeders and a large pond attracting a variety of wildlife to the garden…

Simon & Karen Spavin

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Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire birders and photographers

Steve Routledge - Steve's Birding & Wildlife BLOG

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Last Updated 2014 - Steve Routledge - Barnetby-Le-Wold., Lincolnshire., United Kingdom - I have had an interest in the natural world since i was knee high to a Grasshopper and have been birding seriously since 1985,in recent years i have taken an interest in the insect world and in particular Odonata, Orthoptera and Syrphidae.

The Grantham Peregrine Blog

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Updated daily… Last updated 2013!

Will Bowell - Just Wild Images

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Welcome to William Bowell's photo blog. Here you will find my latest photos I have taken from around the UK, with occasional trips abroad also featuring here.

Other Links

Marston Sewage Treatment Works

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Marston Sewage treatment works is a relatively modern sewage works situated alongside the river Witham about five miles NW of Grantham. However by still employing some traditional methods as well as the modern, the area remains very attractive to birdlife, with large expanses of flooded meadows and man made settlement lagoons proving irresistible to local and migratory birds alike.

Top 21 nature reserves to explore in Lincolnshire

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There are lots of places to get closer to nature in the county...

Vine House Farm

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Our farm here in Deeping Fen is alive with wildlife, especially farmland birds. It is however down to the surveys that I have carried out over much of Deeping Fen. These surveys have shown me where the birds are and where they aren’t. There is one piece of habitat that stands out above all the rest in Deeping Fen - basically ponds and bushes so I have replicated that habitat five times on my farms.

Waters Edge Wildlife Reports

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The continuing redevelopment of the Water`s Edge complex at Barton-on-Humber saw the opening of the southern part of the site to the general public in April 2001. The impact of this development on the breeding birds can be assessed through the results of the breeding bird survey, which was again conducted by Graham Catley for Nyctea Consultancy…

Photographers & Artists

Artist - Toni Watts

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I hope you enjoy looking through the latest original paintings, limited edition prints and greetings cards. All are available to purchase securely and simply through the online shop…

Photographer - Dean Eades Wildlife Photography

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Yorkshire born Dean Eades now lives in Lincolnshire, which is where he spends the majority of his time looking for the next great shot. He makes regular trips to the Norfolk and East Yorkshire coasts and loves Scotland, when he manages to get there! His life evolves around his love of birds, wildlife and photography. Dean is one of the administrators for the Lincolnshire Bird Club forum and provides the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust with many of his images. His work has appeared on BBC's Look North, ITV's Calendar and has been published in Birdwatch and Bird Watching magazines on several occasions…

Photographer - Graham Catley

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Bird and sundry photography by Graham Catley - ornithological consultant, photographer, serious local patch birder…

Photographer - Josh Jones

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I am a 19 year old birdwatcher, living in South Lincolnshire but at Sheffield University. I have been birding since I could hold binoculars (about 2), but my interest has only escalated to where it is now in the past couple of years…

Photographer - Matt Latham

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Originally from North Wales, I have been living in Lincoln, England, with my fiancee for over 5 years. During the week I'm a Project Manager for an Environmental Consultancy, which means my time for photography is limited and, therefore, even more precious to me. .

Photographer - Nick Clayton

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Bird and other wildlife photos…

Photographer - Roger Hatcliffe

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Hello, and a very warm welcome to Lincsbirder.co.uk If you are interested in viewing high quality photographs of British birds then you have come to the right place. All the photographs shown on this site are taken by me, mostly but not exclusively in Lincolnshire. Please use the top or bottom navigation systems to view the photographs. The photographs are grouped as to the type of bird and are really self explanatory…

Photographer - Steve Nesbitt Bird Images

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My name is Steve Nesbitt & I have had an interest in birds generally for some years now but am now looking to move into a new direction of bird watching & photography in a more serious way…

Photographers - Peter & Carole Leigh - Firecrest Wildlife Photography

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Carole & Peter Leigh