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The Shrubberies LWT Reserve

The area last visited by the LNU in 1913

Long Sutton

Access courtesy of the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

12.00 for 13.00 start and finish about 16.00. Use verge parking along Garnsgate Road (Long Sutton) near site entrance at TF425234 with nearest postcode PE12 9BU. NB. A relatively small site (4.5ha). Local amenities available in Long Sutton or services nearby.

Habitats: Parkland, grassland, pond.  

Leaders: Charlie Barnes 07931 259418 charlie@cucaera.co.uk and Brian Hedley 07989 665794 brian_hedley@hotmail.com

MEETING SUMMARY:

The third LNU field meeting of 2021 was to The Shrubberies LWT reserve in Long Sutton which last had a LNU field meeting there in 1913 apparently so all wildlife records were very welcome. Eight adventurous members attended the meeting led by Charlie Barnes and Brian Hedley on a dry and partly sunny day.  The site has been managed by the LWT since 1971 and comprises cattle-grazed parkland with an overgrown pond and areas of rough grassland and broadleaved woodland.

A total of about 144 plant species were recorded by Tim Smith, Brian Hedley, Richard O’Conner, Annette Faulkner and Nick Tribe. Highlights included Grass Vetchling, Creeping Jenny, Stinking Iris plus the ornamental Mock Strawberry was abundant along the route of a dismantled railway on site.

Six specimens were collected for the LoveLincsPlants herbarium during the meeting.

Twenty-three bird species were heard or seen including Buzzard, Swift, Blackcap and Chiffchaff.  Several Common Frogs (juveniles and adults) were noted plus mammals included Common Shrew and signs of Muntjacs.

Butterflies were very frequent with 14 species noted including at least six Holly Blues. Others included Small Copper, Comma, Red Admiral, Essex Skipper, Gatekeeper and a Brimstone pupa on Buckthorn (found by the keen eye of Nick Tribe).  Moths included Dingy Footman, Cinnabar (caterpillars), Silver Y, Small Magpie, Mother of Pearl and the uncommon micromoth Crassa unitella.  Several Migrant Hawker dragonflies circled over the rough grassland and were the first sighting of the year for the observers present.  Other insects included the distinctive hoverflies Xanthogramma pedissequumVolucella inanis and V.pelluscens, the large and highly camouflaged leafhopper Ledra aurita, Roesel’s Bush-cricket, Short-winged Conehead (frequent) and various bumblebees including Tree, Early, Red-tailed and Gypsy Cuckoo-bee.