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Anderby Creek area – all day event

On coast halfway between Mablethorpe and Skegness

A new site for LNU

 Access courtesy of Lincolnshire County Council and Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

10.00 start and again from 13.00 and finish about 16.00. Park in Anderby Creek public car park which is at TF551761 with nearest post code PE24 5XX. Public toilets next to car park at Anderby Creek. Cafés also nearby.

Habitats: Grazing marsh, reed bed, sand dune and beaches.

Leaders: Brian Hedley 07989 665794 and Helen Gamble

brian_hedley@hotmail.com

EVENT SUMMARY:

The first post-lockdown LNU field meeting of 2021 led by Brian Hedley and Helen Gamble with access courtesy of Lincolnshire County Council. Comprised an all-day recording event covering the coastal strip north and south of Anderby Creek. Attended by a total of 11 people during the course of the day with overcast and cool ‘autumnal’ weather probably affecting number of attendees and certainly the number of insects ‘on the wing’.   

At least 150 plant species were recorded from the grassland, sand dune and ditch habitats including Hound’s-tongue, Small Mouse-ear, Lesser Swine-cress, Lyme Grass, Sea Bindweed, Strawberry Clover, Marsh Cudweed and Lesser Water-parsnip. A restricted selection of bryophytes were recorded by Steven Heathcote (awaiting list). 

A total of 44 bird species were noted including three Cuckoos, Yellow Wagtail, Cetti’s Warbler, Little Egret, Marsh Harrier, Lesser Whitethroat and northward movement of Swifts. Six mammal species were noted (from sight or signs) including Brown Hare, Muntjac and a melanistic Rabbit.  A Common Lizard and two juvenile Common Frogs were also seen.

Flying insects were sparse with no butterflies or dragonflies seen. Moths included abundant caterpillars of Brown-tail and single caterpillars of Fox Moth and Drinker plus adults of Clouded Border and Timothy Tortrix moths were recorded. Beetles were well recorded by Charlie Barnes and Steve Wain with Demetrias monostigmaNotoxus moncerus and Ptinomorphus imperialis probably the most notable.  Other insects included abundant St Mark’s Flies and several Striped Millipedes. 

Hound’s-tongue Cynoglossum officinale