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.

Calcareous grassland

As the name suggests this type of grassland is particular because of its soil. Both chalk and limestone can form this type of grassland. Roughly these soil types are found in a narrow vertical band north to south through the centre of Greater Lincolnshire and in another north-west to south-east band through North East Lincolnshire. For grasslands on more neutral soils see Lowland meadows.

Calcareous grasslands are important for wildlife as they have a very particular mix of lime loving plants. These plants in turn provide habitat for a wide range of invertebrates, birds, small mammals and reptiles. This habitat is even more important as the amount of calcareous grassland has reduced hugely since the end of the Second World War, with many of the species reliant upon it becoming threatened. For more on the description of calcareous grassland and their status in Greater Lincolnshire see the Farmland and Grassland Nature Strategy page

In Greater Lincolnshire many of the calcareous grasslands are road verges and these will look very different to quarry sites or whole fields. However there are a number of characteristic plants that can be readily identified after a number of visits and these can be used to determine an area worthy of extra care and attention. For more on this approach try Life on the Verge.

The following are links to good practice on managing calcareous grassland for wildlife. Some of these are specific to calcareous grassland and some are generic grassland. Calcareous grassland can be managed for a variety of species groups and the information, in alphabetical order, below reflects this:

  • Buglife – a webpage describing the habitat, its threats and management techniques to help invertebrates
  • Bumblebee Conservation Trust – a two page factsheet on wildflower meadows for bees listing management actions. Also includes a handy summary management table.
  • Bumblebee Conservation Trust – a four page factsheet on restoring wildflower meadows for bees listing management actions to restore to moderately, high and very high value grassland.