Biodiversity & rewilding in Lincoln
Do you know how much urban wildlife our city is home to? From hedgehogs and foxes, to deer and even otters, we're lucky enough to live amongst some truly wonderful wildlife.
Rewilding areas is essential in ensuring that we are protecting our wildlife. Whether at home or at work, in community gardens or on the edge of a balcony, providing plants or leaf piles can truly have a positive impact on local pollinators, birds and mammals.
We've rounded up some rewilding projects currently going on in Lincolnshire.
City of Lincoln Council
The City of Lincoln Council has launched a number of ‘rewilding’ initiatives to support biodiversity and enable the natural environments in the city to thrive in a way that best supports native wildlife.
University of Lincoln
The University of Lincoln has been rewilding parts of its Brayford Campus since last Summer. The Kitchen Garden and around the Delph Pond are two of the areas chosen to rewild. A Hedgehog Friendly Campus, the university has also made a commitment to making the environment safe for hedgehogs - benefitting other wildlife too.
Doddington Hall & Gardens are embarking on a 100 year project to bring more nature back to the Doddington Estate. The scheme includes a commitment to ending arable farming, letting Lincoln Red Cattle and wild deer manage the landscape. Later, they will also be adding wild ponies and pigs to the mix.
If you're running a rewilding scheme, whether its at a business, community park or just at home, please do share it with us. You can also tag us on Twitter @ClimateLincoln
How can I rewild?
Do you want to rewild part of your garden but are unsure where to start? Below are some tips on what you can do to help your local wildlife:
- Build a log pile - log piles support insects, as well as small mammals and amphibians.
- Create a "wild" section - choosing an area of your garden and leaving it to rewild with native grasses and flowers is a great way to support biodiversity. If you're worried about it looking "untidy", why not mow the edges to ensure it looks intentional? You can also purchase/make a small sign that says why you're leaving it wild.
- Install a pond - if you're lucky enough to have a fairly big green space, you could install a pond, to provide water for all your garden visitors! Please ensure you install a ramp for animals such as hedgehogs.
Refresh Lincoln - a project brightening up the city centre
A city-wide installation sharing the words of Lincoln’s children and young people 10th July – 4th September 2021
Frustrated by being locked down, isolated and unheard, the words of children and young people have been unleashed across the city.
Earlier this year, Zest Theatre led 34 workshops with over 800 young people aged 9 – 21 across Lincoln. Zest created a space for young people to reflect on the last year, cultivating over 600 quotes about any and everything – from daily life to the big questions of the universe. Now their words have been turned into 80 vibrant artworks, ready to be found on posters, windows, banners and billboards in every corner of the city centre.
Refresh Lincoln places the voices of young people at the heart of the city’s recovery, bringing colour and conversation to this place they call home!
First Lincolnshire school pledges to Let's Go Zero Campaign
Staff and students at Burton Hathow share a vision of sustainability.
Having recently joined the Let’s Go Zero campaign, Burton Hathow is the first school in the county to pledge for carbon zero schooling by 2030 and hopes that other schools will soon follow in its footsteps, responding to young people’s calls for climate action and safeguarding the planet for future generations. Sustainability is deeply embedded in the school’s holistic approach to learning, so making the Let’s Go Zero pledge was a natural part of the school’s environmental journey.
The school’s woodland setting is home to a range of wildlife, with goldfinches and house martins flying around the site, and eagle-eyed students spotting kingfishers and herons frequenting the lake. Recent rewilding efforts have been made to encourage bee populations to flourish, and ash trees removed from the site due to the confirmed presence of Ash tree disease (Hymenoscyphus fraxineus), have been replaced with 10 new varieties of sapling that are better suited for the boggy conditions of the forest site.
Pupils at the school have a strong sense of environmental responsibility instilled in them, and in an attempt to tread gently on the planet, a pupil-led litter picking group has recently been established by the school council.
School Councillor Thomas had this to say about why he enjoys litter picking around the school grounds: “It’s about keeping the community clean, there are animals out there that might get harmed from it, so if you think about it, it’s actually cruel to leave litter around that could blow around and cause harm. It’s cruel to litter, and that’s why we like to clean it up!”
Does your school want to get involved in the Let's Go Zero campaign? Feel free to contact the commission to get some advice.
Who are we?
The Lincoln Climate Commission is an independent collective of businesses, organisations and members of the public
In each newsletter, we'll introduce some members of the Commission and its working groups, so that you can get to know us better. Subgroups include:
- Community Engagement
Councillor Ric Metcalfe is current chair of the Lincoln Climate Commission, Leader of the City of Lincoln Council and is championing climate action in Lincolnshire.
Geoff Stratford is a retired biology and science teacher, and is now a ‘campaigner’ for climate action. One of the founders of Lincoln Climate Commission, he helped draft the City Council’s Climate and Environment Emergency Declaration. Part of Faith & the Environment Lincolnshire.