A private site with access courtesy of Thonock and Somerby Estates.
Northeast of Gainsborough.

12.00 for 13.00 start and then at 20.30 again for evening session. Meet and park at SK842919 which is at end of track off A159 (east side), found about halfway between Gainsborough and Blyton. The track may be unsuitable for low vehicles on the day, therefore best to park alongside the track where possible and walk to meeting spot at end.

NB. Parts of site quite wet. Insect repellent recommended. Additionally, as a private woodland no exploring before the set time please. No mains available for moth traps. Nearest public toilets are in Gainsborough town centre.

Habitats: Broadleaved and mixed woodland (partly wet), ponds and scrub.

Leader: Brian Hedley ☎ 07989 665794 ✉ brian_hedley@hotmail.com

Summary of meeting:



LNU field meeting to this private woodland site courtesy of the Thonock Estate.  Comprising an afternoon session and an evening moth/bat session. Led by Brian Hedley and attended by a total of 10 people. A warm and mostly sunny and dry day but with an occasional thundery shower.

Plant-wise, about 180 species were noted including the ‘to be confirmed’ fragrant agrimony (rare in Lincs), pale sedge, pill sedge, narrow buckler-fern and skullcap.

Mammals included muntjac and roe deer, brown hare and also both soprano and common pipistrelle bats (especially numerous feeding over moth traps!).  Young froglets were frequent (including tadpoles) and a few young toads were noted.

Thirty-five bird species were recorded including tawny owl, garden warbler, treecreeper, bullfinch, jay and both green and great spotted woodpeckers.

Invertebrates were out in force and included some very good records including a first for the county in the form of black-headed cardinal beetle Pyrochroa coccinea found by David Shepperd.  Other notable beetles/weevils species included Hylocoetes dermestoides (11th Lincs record), Rhinocyllus conicus (6th Lincs record)and Podabrus alpinus (18th Lincs record), rhinoceros beetle, lesser stag beetle and Nicrophorus vespillo.

Six butterfly species included painted lady, red admiral and holly blue.  Dragonfly and damselfly numbers were good (100’s) comprising five species including red-eyed damselfly and many four-spotted chasers.

Other invertebrates noted during the afternoon included eyed ladybird, garden chafer, malachite beetle and Europe’s largest cranefly species Tipula maxima.

The evening moth-trapping session (5 lights used) noted about 55 species including larch pug, map-winged swift (good numbers), maiden’s blush, sallow kitten, orange footman, tawny-barred angle, green silver-lines, alder moth and the notable micromoths Luquetia lobella, Dioryctria sylvestrella and Triaxomera fulvimetrella.