Swinn Wood LWT Reserve, Northwest of Alford

Access courtesy of Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

12.00 for 13.00 start. Meet and park at wood entrance which is at TF421777.
Nearest postcode: LN13 0ED which is east of the wood.

NB. Very restricted parking so please car share where possible. Likely need for reverse parking along entrance track (first in, last out policy). Verges near entrance are Roadside Nature Reserves so please no parking on them, especially if arriving earlier than 12.00. Nearest public toilets in Alford town centre.

Habitats: Ancient woodland with ponds and ditches.

Leader: Brian Hedley 07989 665794  brian_hedley@hotmail.com

The first LNU field meeting of the year was to this relatively new LWT reserve, an ancient woodland site. Attended by 14 members and led by Brian Hedley with assistance by David Sheppard and Paul Learoyd. A generally cool and overcast afternoon which very limited invertebrates noted.

Plants were probably stars of the show with about 150 species noted including a good selection of ancient woodland species present such as Herb-Paris, Wood Anemone, Bluebell, Wood Sorrel, Goldilocks Buttercup, Wood Speedwell, Ramsons, Ragged Robin, Hairy Woodrush and Early Purple Orchid. Bryophytes were equally diverse with over 50 species recorded thanks to Steven Heathcote and Gary Cooper. They noted Micheli’s Pouncewort Lejeunea cavifolia which is very rare in Lincolnshire. Fungi were sparse and included King Alfred’s Cakes, Sulphur-tuft, Hoof Fungus and Turkey-tail.

Thirty-three bird species were noted including Nuthatch, Tawny owl, Willow Warbler and Bullfinch. Some of the many ponds on site were surveyed the evening before by a team led by Steven Heathcote with excellent results: Great Crested Newt, Smooth Newt, Common Toad and Common Frog all noted.
Mammals included Muntjac and Roe Deer. Invertebrates sightings were limited but did include several queen Buff-tailed Bumblebees Bombus terrestris, Giant Cranefly Tipula maxima, Tree Slug Lehmannia marginata, Brindled Pug Eupithecia abbreviate, the micromoth Micropterix calthella and the ground beetles Pterostichus madidus and Pterostichus niger.