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.

Parks and open spaces

Found in towns and villages all across Greater Lincolnshire parks and open spaces are a key feature of our living space. Sometimes these are practical spaces – flood/water storage areas next to rivers and roads, sometimes they are for amenity such as flower filled town parks and occasionally the green space is secondary to the main purpose as in churchyards.

Parks and open spaces can be important to wildlife in two ways, firstly because there are now so few places for wildlife to thrive so any natural area is a potential home for plants and animals. Secondly because these green spaces, along with gardens and road verges help to create a network of sufficient habitat across our urban areas enabling wildlife to thrive in what would otherwise be a hostile environment. For more on the description of parks and open space and their status in Greater Lincolnshire see the Urban Nature Strategy page.

There are so many types of park and open space and so many ways in which they could be managed that would help wildlife that there is no generic park or open space or one picture that can represent one. As parks and open spaces can also vary greatly in size and function it may be worthwhile looking at specific features or techniques that could be used or adapted, on other sites rather than considering each park or open space in its entirety.

The following are links to good practice on managing parks and open spaces. All of these are species specific and are in alphabetical order below:

  • Amphibian and Reptile conservation – a 24 page guide to encouraging reptiles and amphibians in your garden that could be used in any sized space as it is based on a number of features. The guide introduces the different animals, describes features to put into your garden or space and also has a seasonal guide
  • Butterfly conservation – a nine page leaflet on butterflies in urban areas. Includes a useful table on the habitat preferences of each butterfly. Also how to manage different habitat types for butterflies.
  • The Ecology Service – a 36 page document for schools on creating and maintaining a wildlife garden. Includes links to the curriculum and ID guide of common species
  • Freshwater habitats trust – an 11 page leaflet on ponds for wildlife in areas of public access. Topics covered include the value of ponds for wildlife, design principles with public access in mind and health and safety issues
  • Gods Acre – a complete guide to caring for churchyards and cemeteries with wildlife in mind. Can be downloaded in separate sections. Considers how to involve the community and care for archaeology.
  • Plantlife – a four page leaflet on managing grassland and lawns for fungi. Topics include management, indicators of good grassland sites and information about fungi