Glebe Farm, East Keal (including Keal Carr LWT Reserve and SSSI), southwest of Spilsby

All day event with evening moth/bat session

Access courtesy of Alec Coney Farms Ltd and Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

Last LNU visit in 1988

10.00 start and then again from 13.00. Evening session starting from 20.00. Meet and park at Glebe Farm TF378649 which is at end of track off minor road (last road on left as you head north out of East Keal on A16). Nearest postcode: PE23 4HA. NB. No mains available for moth traps. Nearest public toilets in Spilsby. Some marshy areas and steep slopes.

Habitats: Grassland, marsh, ponds, wet woodland, scrub and hedgerows.

Leader: Brian Hedley 07989 665794 brian_hedley@hotmail.com

MEETING SUMMARY
LNU field meeting led by Brian Hedley to this site courtesy of Alec Coney Farms and LWT and comprised an all-day recording event including an evening moth and bat recording session. Attended by a total of 13 people during the course of the day/evening on a mainly sunny and dry, but breezy, day. The event was postponed from earlier in the month due to very strong winds.

At least 170 plant species were recorded from the arable, grassland (including rocky outcrops with acid grassland vegetation), marsh, streams and wet woodland habitats including Small Sweet-grass, Greater Tussock Sedge, Harebell, Giant Bellflower, Great Horsetail, Common Cudweed and Opposite-leaved Golden-saxifrage. Twenty-six specimens were collected for the LoveLincsPlants herbarium. Giant Puffballs were noted along a field margin.

A total of 37 bird species were noted including several Yellow Wagtails feeding around a cattle herd, Tree Sparrow, Sparrowhawk, Treecreeper, Tawny Owl, Yellowhammer and Bullfinch. At least nine mammals species were noted (from sight or signs) including Hedgehog, Brown Hare, Roe Deer, Noctule Bat and Common Pipistrelle.

The breezy conditions kept many insects at bay but nine butterfly species and four dragonfly/damselfly species were noted in more sheltered spots and included mating Common Emerald Damselfies and Ruddy Darters plus Brimstone, Common Blue Butterfly, Painted Lady (20+) and Small Heath. The evening moth session (only for a couple of hours due to cool conditions and lack of many attendees) managed to record 17 species with highlights being the rather smart looking Frosted Orange plus Lime-speck Pug, Rosy Rustic and Angle Shades. Other insects noted including Hairy Shieldbug, Meadow Grasshopper and Roesel’s Bush-cricket plus various galls on Penduculate Oak, Creeping Thistle and Common Nettle.