Filming with BBC Countryfile in Lincolnshire

Thursday 26th June 2014

Filming with BBC CountryfileMatt Baker and Dave Bromwich study the map of the airfield (Robert Enderby)

This Sunday, BBC Countryfile is coming from Lincolnshire. Tune in and find out about two exciting Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust projects: Woodhall Spa Airfield and Lincolnshire’s new Wildlife Meadow Network project. Broadcast date: Sunday 29 June 2014, 19:30, BBC One

Matt Baker discovered why Lincolnshire is known as Bomber County when he visited the former RAF Woodhall Spa Airfield. The airfield, most recently quarried for sand and gravel, was once the home of 617 Squadron (famous for the Dambuster raid of World War 2). Over the last year Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust has been raising funds to buy the airfield and develop it into a nature reserve. The Trust is now very close to the total amount needed.

Dave Bromwich, The Trust’s Head of Nature Reserves, gave Matt a tour of the site. Matt helped Dave and the team of volunteers find the central crossing point of two runways that 70 years ago thundered to the sound of World War 2 aircraft. Until recently, this point had been covered with mounds of sand and gravel but the Trust would like to place a war memorial at this important part of the airfield.

A particularly exciting element of the airfield project is the existence of the diary of a Victorian naturalist, Joseph Burtt Davy, who on 10 October 1890 spent a day walking the area and has left us detailed notes of his observations. Matt read the original diary at Kirkby Moor nature reserve, which preserves the last fragment of landscape in the area that still looks as it did in 1890. Matt also met one of the last surviving members of 617 squadron and went for a taxi ride in one of the rarest surviving aircraft from the Second World War, an Avro Lancaster Bomber, at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre.

Ellie Harrison visited the meadows of the south-west of the county. Mark Schofield, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust’s Wildflower Meadow Network project officer, showed her some of the county's rarest wildflowers including a man orchid. She also tried her hand at scything; a traditional way of cutting meadows that is being promoted to communities in the area as a healthy, low cost and environmentally friendly way of managing their local meadows and village greens.

> Find out more about Woodhall Spa Airfield

Notes to Editors
A significant contribution of £450,000 towards the purchase of Woodhall Spa Airfield has been made by WREN.
WREN is a not for profit business that awards grants to community, environmental and heritage projects across the UK from funds donated by FCC Environment as part of a voluntary environmental tax credit scheme called the Landfill Communities Fund. Since 1998, WREN has granted over £185m to more than 6,000 projects which benefit people living within 10 miles of a FCC Environment landfill site.

Tagged with: Fundraising, Living Landscapes, Woodhall Spa Airfield