Achieving more for nature

Your land

Whether you have a small garden, 10,000 hectares of farmland or you are interested in making the development in your town better for nature there is something in this section for you.

Brownfield

Found in scattered pockets across all of Greater Lincolnshire brownfield is often considered a feature of the urban landscape. However this habitat is more than disused land, it is a mosaic of bare ground and nutrient poor soil provides the perfect mix for reptiles, burrowing invertebrates and a great variety of plants – and on these plants live even more nectar loving bees, butterflies and invertebrates.

Brownfield is important for wildlife because of this mix of habitat but also because of its location. Brownfield links parks and gardens together helping to create a network of habitat across urban areas enabling wildlife to thrive. Brownfield also presents an opportunity for learning about wildlife close to homes and schools. For more on the description of brownfield and its status in Greater Lincolnshire see the Urban Nature Strategy page.

The exact look and feel of brownfield land will depend on its origin. These can include quarries, development sites, industrial sites, disused airfields or landfills. In this way every brownfield site is different and no two may look the same. In depth knowledge is needed to identify, understand and determine quality of brownfield.

The following are links to good practice on managing brownfield for wildlife, in alphabetical order:

  • Amphibian and Reptile Conservation – a web page on the generic habitat requirements of reptiles and management actions. There is a link to a more detailed reptile habitat management handbook
  • Buglife – a 20 page best practice guide includes description of the habitat, management and policy links. Further reading and resources mentioned. Considered the industry standard although various policy references will now be out of date
  • Bumblebee Conservation Trust – a two page factsheet for bees listing management actions by habitat sub-type. Also includes a handy summary management table.
  • Butterfly Conservation – a three page factsheet on the importance of brownfields for butterflies