Part of Lincolnshire Coastal Country Park.
North of Chapel St. Leonards.

12.00 for 13.00 start. Take minor road north of Chapel St Leonards for about 1km and then track towards sea and parking at TF558741.

NB. Nearest public toilets are at Chapel Point.

Habitats: Dunes, shore, marsh, waterbodies, grassland, scrub and plantation. Partly a habitat creation area.

Leader: Brian Hedley ☎ 07989 665794 ✉ brian_hedley@hotmail.com

Summary of meeting:

CHAPEL SIX MARSHES

TF558 742

25th June 2017

LNU field meeting to this coastal site which is managed jointly by Lincolnshire County Council and Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust and is part of the much larger Coastal Country Park.  Attended by 14 people and led by Brian Hedley on a dry and mainly sunny but breezy afternoon.

Over 140 plant species were recorded including sea bindweed, distant sedge, parsley-leaved water-dropwort, bulbous meadow-grass and wild celery.

Thirty-three bird species included Cetti’s warbler, lesser whitethroat and many reed and sedge warblers.

Six mammal species were noted by sightings or from signs and included grey seal and muntjac deer.  Common lizard and common froglets were also recorded.

Ten butterfly species included painted lady, comma, red admiral and frequent meadow browns and ringlets.  Dragonflies and damselflies were not particularly abundant in numbers but eight species were noted including several emperors, black-tailed skimmers and teneral common darters.

Other invertebrates included dune chafer, 11-spot ladybird, brown-tailed moth, both narrow-bordered five-spot burnet and six-spot burnet moths, latticed heath moth, golden-bloomed longhorn beetle and the weevil Pissodes casteneus (3rd Lincs record) found by Charlie Barnes.

A surprisingly impressive list of mosses and liverworts was made by Stephen Heathcote including some possible notable species for Lincolnshire.