Whisby Nature Park is a stronghold for nightingales, they can be heard singing in spring
In spring through to autumn, sand martins and swallows wheel over water as they feed on insects
The lakes and ponds are home to a range of dragonfly and damselfly species including the impressive emperor
Southern marsh orchids
In summer, the orchid glade is tinged with the purple of southern marsh orchids
Great crested grebe
In early spring, watch for great crested grebes doing their ritual courtship dance
For more information on the latest wildlife sightings please visit our Whisby Warden's blog
Unique moment in the history of the BBC re-created at Whisby Nature Park
The stars of the BBC’s very first outside broadcast were cellist Beatrice Harrison accompanied by a very tuneful nightingale. To celebrate the anniversary, Senior Lecturer in radio Dylan Roys and David McSherry from the University of Lincoln accepted the challenge from Reverend Mark Holden (Wragby parishes) to recreate the historic event in Lincolnshire.
Violinist Janet Welsh kindly agreed to join them in this quest and they headed to Whisby Nature Park to recruit a willing nightingale. As dusk fell, Grahame Hopwood, Assistant Warden at Whisby, attuned their ears to the song of the nightingale and Janet began to play the tune Londonderry Air, just as Beatrice Harrison had done 90 years earlier.
The piece was broadcast on William Wright’s BBC Radio Lincolnshire show on the 19 May 2014; exactly 90 years after the original broadcast.
The recording can be heard here: Janet and the Nightingale