Knowing that I wanted to go back home to Lincolnshire to photograph some of the conservation projects there I started researching into small and large scale conservation projects and what the main aims are behind the projects.
The locations I am interested in visiting the most are the following:
- Whisby Nature Park – This park offers a wide selection of habitats from lakes, wetland, woodland, grassland and also man made areas such as bird hides. It is also a popular tourist attraction and an educational site which many schools in the local area visit. I want to see why it attracts people there, how being located near a city effects the wildlife and conservation projects and also I want to see if the development of the railway line through the park has impacted the park ecologically as well as visually
- Wilsford & Rauceby Warrens – This is a small scale ‘Site of Special Scientific Interest’ and part of the site is owned and managed as a nature reserve by the Lincolnshire and South Humberside Trust for Nature Conservation. Again an active railway line is included within the site and I wanted to see how the man made interacts with the environment. This site contains the only remaining limestone grass heath within Lincolnshire. The loss of this grass and soil was due to land being converted into arable land for farming.
- Roadside verges – The California Plantation is located near Rauceby Warren on the south side of the road. The verges of the county together form the largest remaining tract of semi-natural vegetation. Intensive agricultural practices, along with increased industrial and housing development, have threatened the survival of wildlife and wild places. The verges are therefore of great importance in providing a reservoir of plants and animals.
I used google maps to get a rough idea of the area before I visited so I could plan what type of images to take. It is evident that the road runs straight past the nature reserve.
- Lincolnshire Lime woods – The Lincolnshire Limewoods area covers 61 square miles however I plan to visit Bardney Limewoods National Nature Reserve as it is closer and contains a collection of 13 woodland Sites of Special Scientific Interest. There has been lottery funding for the area and the main aim of the project was to plant new woods and create new habitats which would join up the remaining ancient woodland. One of the main reasons I want to visit this area is that I am interested in how these woods have been shaped by human management for hundreds of years but how now they have become fragmented due to agricultural intensification.