Last LNU visit in 2002
Access courtesy of Boston Borough Council
12.00 for 13.00 start. Meet and park at Boston Crematorium TF323454 and post code PE21 9HA. NB. Please respect graves and visitors to the cemetery when undertaking recording/collecting. Several public toilets available in Boston and supermarkets are present nearby.
Habitats: Cemetery, grassland, plantations
Leader: Brian Hedley 07989 665794 firstname.lastname@example.org
The penultimate LNU field meeting of the year to this marvellous wildlife-rich site (last visited by the LNU in 2002) with access courtesy of Boston Borough Council.
16 attendees appeared in the car park on a sunny and dry afternoon and set-off around the cemetery led by Brian Hedley. Most people headed for the older north-eastern part where nature conservation is high on the agenda and an impressive number of species have been noted over the years.
Plant-wise, there was a fascinating mixture of native and ornamental species including some very grand old trees such as Tulip-tree, Giant and Coastal Redwoods, Norway Maple and Red Oak. Twenty plant specimens were collected for the LoveLincsPlants herbarium including Rough Hawkbit, Large Bindweed, White Bryony and several tree species. Two large white willows had very photogenic clumps of the Chicken-of-the-Woods fungi present.
Thirty-one bird species were noted including Tawny Owl, Goldcrest, Green Woopecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jay and numerous Treecreepers. Bat droppings were noted on the outside of a derelict chapel.
Butterflies (8 species) were plentiful in the autumnal sunshine, especially at clumps of ivy blossom, with Red Admirals, Commas and Speckled Woods most obvious. The ivy also attracted at least ten Hornet Hoverflies plus George Rutter managed to photograph an Ivy Bee at one clump. Migrant Hawkers and Common Darters were numerous in the sunny glades where the darters especially liked to land on grave stones. The distinctive galls of Walnut Leaf Gall Mite were also noted. Both Hawthorn and Red-legged Shieldbugs were also found together with many Harlequin Ladybirds.