South Ormsby Estate, west of Alford

A private site with access courtesy of the South Ormsby Estate.

Afternoon session.  Also National Meadows Day.

12.00 for 13.00 start. Should be finished by 4.15pm. Use back entrance to the Estate at TF366759 which is off the Bluestone Heath Road (west of crossroads in village) then follow track and park/meet in Ormsby Hall courtyard at TF367755. Nearest postcode: LN11 8QS

NB. . Nearest public toilets in Alford town centre.

Habitats: Chalk stream, marsh, broadleaved woodland, parkland, grassland.

Leaders: Roger Parsons 07867 847679 old.museum@yahoo.co.uk  and

Brian Hedley 07989 665794 brian_hedley@hotmail.com

NB. The evening moth/bat session for this site visit has now been cancelled.

    Summary of Meeting

LNU field meeting to the Brook Walk Plantation area of the South Ormsby Estate by kind permission of Jon and Jan Thornes. Attended by 15 people (which was good considering the extremely hot weather and a certain World Cup match on). Led by Brian Hedley and Roger Parsons of the LNU and Joe Blissett of the South Ormsby Estate.

A good selection of woodland, pasture and marsh plants were noted (awaiting final lists but likely to be 140-150 species) including Sanicle, Wild Garlic, Hairy Brome, Giant Fescue, Bog Stitchwort, Enchanter’s Nightshade, Short-fruited Willowherb (picked out by the eagle-eyed James Stainton), Pignut and Wood Speedwell. Ornamentals were frequent near to the Hall. Several specimens were again collected for the LoveLincsPlants herbarium project.
Mosses and liverworts were frequent in the damp habitats with over 40 species noted by Steven Heathcote.

Thirty bird species were recorded including Spotted Flycatcher, Common Buzzard, Treecreeper, Goldcrest and Tawny Owl. Mammals included signs of Otter along the brook.
Butterflies were abundant in the pasture (11 species) and included Large Skipper, Comma, Gatekeeper and Ringlet. A first instar Elephant Hawk-moth caterpillar was found on a patch of Great Willowherb by Rachel Scopes. Brown Hawker and Broad-bodied Chasers were also noted.