16 March 2017
North Lincolnshire Council is set to declare a new local nature reserve in Barton, Barton Wolds Local Nature Reserve, which lies on the western edge of the town.
The newly declared local nature reserve covers 11.9 hectares on the outskirts of Barton next to the A15 and there is scope to potentially extend this in the future.
The important grasslands at Barton Wolds Local Nature Reserve support fairy flax and three species of orchid. The rest of the site consists of broadleaved plantation, including the millennium woodland.
In North Lincolnshire there are currently 14 local nature reserves, including Barton Wolds Local Nature Reserve and the council is looking at the possibility of declaring two more nature reserves this year.
The council is on track for reaching its target of two hectares of local nature reserve per 1,000 people by 2018. The national target is to create one hectare per 1,000 people. The new local nature reserves will increase the number of hectares from 1.65 to 1.81 per 1,000 people.
Local schools are encouraged to visit local nature reserves either by themselves or though council activities. From Easter, schools can book to have outdoor sessions on sites such as Ashbyville and Atkinson’s Warren. These can include national curriculum topics if required.
Volunteers work throughout the year on the local nature reserves in North Lincolnshire, committing around 4,700 hours each year.
If you would like to find out more details on your school visiting the local nature reserve or getting involved as a volunteer, contact the environment team at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cllr Rob Waltham, Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said:
“In North Lincolnshire we are lucky to have an abundance of nature and wildlife right on our doorstep. Our local nature reserves are havens for a variety of wildlife and they are all very unique.
“We are well on track for achieving our target of two hectares of local nature reserve per 1,000 people, which will beat the national target. We are already looking into other potential sites for local nature reserves elsewhere in North Lincolnshire.
“By declaring sites as local nature reserves it helps to protect and enhance habitats in North Lincolnshire that can be sanctuaries for wildlife. They also provide important recreational areas for the local community.
“Barton Wolds Nature Reserve will be a place of tranquillity for residents away from the busy town. You will be able discover a wide range of wildlife and get closer to nature.
“Work now needs to be undertaken to get the site ready including thinning, woodland management and sensitive mowing of the road verges.”