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Sudbrooke Scout Campsite
East of Lincoln
A new site for the LNU
Access courtesy of Lincoln District Scouts
12.00 for 13.00 start. Meet and park at scout camp car park at TF047762. If you are coming from Lincoln there is a small left turn about 200 yards before you reach the Langworth level crossing, just as the woods end (LNU signs will be in place). Then take another track on left to the campsite car park. Don’t follow listed postcode for site, it will take you to wrong place!
Habitats: Parkland-type habitats of woodland, grassland and a lake.
The fifth LNU field meeting of 2021 was to the Sudbrooke Scout Campsite located to the east of Lincoln. It was a new meeting location with access kindly permitted by Lincoln District Scouts. Fourteen LNU members attended who were led by Brian Hedley on a dry, mild and partly sunny afternoon. The relatively small site has a mixture of grassland (amenity and rough), woodland and two ponds.
About 160 plant species were recorded by Tim Smith and Brian Hedley. Highlights included Golden Dock, Tutsan, Square-stemmed St.John’s-wort, Many-seeded Goosefoot and Yellow Loosestrife. One of the ponds had dense New Zealand Pygmyweed unfortunately. Six plant specimens were collected for the LoveLincsPlants herbarium.
Twenty-one bird species were heard or seen including Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Little Grebe, Nuthatch, Treecreeper and both Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers. Amphibians were well represented with frequent Common Frogs, three juvenile Great Crested Newts and singles of Common Toad and Smooth Newt. Many of these were found under logs. A Fox was also seen.
Butterflies were uncommon with only Speckled Wood being frequent. Moths included Snout, Brimstone, Silver Y plus leaf mines of Horse Chestnut Leaf-miner and Dark Hornbeam Midget. A caterpillar of Dark Dagger was also found (and well photographed). Four species of odonata were recorded including a single Willow Emerald Damselfly (yet another new Lincolnshire site for this recent colonist). Other insects included Hawthorn, Birch, Green and Bronze Shieldbugs (the last species is uncommon nationally and found species by Charlie Barnes). Beetles included Lesser Stag Beetle, Alder Leaf Beetle (abundant). Harlequin Ladybird, Figwort Weevil, Tortoise Beetle and Uleiota planata. The distinctive pattern on elm leaves eaten by Zig-zag Sawfly were noted by Richard Davidson. Other sawflies included Alder (adult and larvae), Figwort (larvae), Lesser Willow (larva) and Pristiphora ruficornis (larva). Galls were frequent and included those made by Psyllopsis fraxini (on Ash), Eriophyes inangulis (on Alder), Eriophyes laevis (on Alder) and Andricus quercuscalis (on Oak). A very attractive orange and black cranefly Metalimnobia bifasciata was found by Phil Porter and is the second county record.