Sutton Bridge area, east of Long Sutton

12.00 for 13.00 start. Meet and park at layby/verge on minor road at TF483210 which is first turning immediately on left after crossing Sutton Bridge from Long Sutton direction. Nearest postcode: PE12 9YN

NB. Some steep slopes and busy roads present plus deep waterbody (River Nene). Nearest public toilets in Sutton Bridge (on Bridge Road).

Habitats: River Nene, grassland and saltmarsh with some scrub and plantation blocks

Leader: Charlie Barnes 07931 259418

LNU field meeting to this distant corner of Lincolnshire. Led by Charlie Barnes with a good turnout of 16 attendees on a sunny and dry afternoon. The attendees split into two groups to cover both east and west of the River Nene. The eastern party proceeded to the lighthouse area closer to The Wash.

A great total of over 160 plant species were noted including Water-bent, Strawberry clover, Grass-leaved Orache, Sea Milkwort, Sea Wormwood, Sea Plantain, Fern-grass and Black Poplar.

Twenty-five bird species included a few late Common Swifts plus Yellow Wagtail and locally breeding House Martins and Swallows. Mammal signs/sightings were sparse but did include a Common Seal in the River Nene.

Eleven butterfly species were noted including Holly Blue, Small Copper, Brown Argus, Comma and Red Admiral. Moths included Silver Y and Blood-vein.
Dragonflies comprised several Migrant Hawkers and surprisingly only a single Common Darter.

A wide variety of other insects were noted including Sea Aster Mining-bee, Short-winged Conehead, Wasp Spider, Zigzag Sawfly (signs noted by David Sheppard), Bishop’s Mitre shieldbug, the burying beetle Nicrophorus vespillo, an aphid gall on black poplar Pemphigus spyrothecae, a very large pond skater Aquarius paludum (found by Richard Chadd and potentially a first for Lincolnshire) and various coastal weevils found by Pete Kirby and Charlie Barnes that are scarcely recorded in Lincolnshire including Pseudaplemonus limonii, Trichosirocalus thalhammeri, Sibinia primata and Sibinia arenariae; the latter appears to be the first record for Lincolnshire.