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Hartsholme Country Park...
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Two excellent photographs, one of ‘Grey heron’ and the
‘Birds on the frozen lake at Hartsholme Country
Images by Peter Skelson
RSPB Lincoln Local Group.
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RSPB LINCOLN LOCAL GROUP
HARTSHOLME BIRDWATCHING FOR ALL WALKS 2014
The RSPB Birdwatching for All guided walks at the
Swanholme Lakes Local Nature Reserve and Hartsholme Country Park began in
1991. They have been so successful
that they have continued ever since on the first Sunday of every month.
The free walks are led by a team of volunteer
members of the RSPB Lincoln Local Group.
In so doing the Group are pleased to support the work of the
Rangers and the City Council at this very important location for wildlife
in the City. Although the walks are in part targeted at newcomers to
birdwatching, with people of all ages being most welcome, they also
attract more experienced birdwatchers who are pleased to pass on their
knowledge of birds and other aspects of wildlife.
number of people on our walks this year was down on previous years,
although we have to thank the Park Rangers who have given us good
publicity for them. The highest months were 20 in February and 19 in
March, after a disappointing turnout of just 8 in January which is usually
a popular month. The July walk was cancelled as only the two leaders
turned up although this may have been a result of the Air Show and concern
following the publicity given to the danger of ticks in the park. If July
is excluded the average monthly attendance was 12 people.
Lincolnshire’s Pirate Gold Treasure Hunt paid us a live visit to collect a
clue from the Visitor Centre at the beginning of a wet October walk. An
enthusiastic couple from Malaysia came on the August walk.
list of the 70 species seen on our walks is shown on the next page. This
is comparable with other years. An impressive 40 species were recorded on
the December walk. A Mandarin duck was seen on the Hartsholme Lake in
September. There were reports this year of good sightings of butterflies,
dragonflies and damselflies which was a feature of this year. Away from
our walks at Easter a pair of Egyptian Geese had 7 goslings but only
survived for a few days, whilst a Swallows nest under the archway of the
Visitor Centre created a lot of interest.
Local Group, in conjunction with the Park Rangers, have updated the
“Discover the Birds of Swanholme Lakes and Hartsholme Country Park”
leaflet with the use of coloured photos of birds mostly taken in the park.
This will be launched in the New Year of 2014.
ahead to 2015, the Group is organising a seventh “Date with Nature” Heron
Watch of Hartsholme Island. This will start on 18 April over three
weekends which will also include the May Bank Holiday Monday. There were
13 occupied nests in 2014, the same number as the previous year.
would like to attend these free guided walks you would be made most welcome.
We meet outside the Visitor Centre at 10.30 am on the first Sunday of
every month. The walks take between 1.5 and 2 hours. Children must be
accompanied by an adult. Warm clothing and stout footwear are advisable. For
more information please contact Alan Flintham, Volunteers’ Organiser
Lincoln RSPB Local Group [email protected]
SWANHOLME WALKS 2014 LIST OF BIRDS SEEN
Great Crested Grebe
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Great Spotted Woodpecker