Life on the Verge

The Life on the Verge surveys are now complete! Over 250 volunteers have been part of the largest roadside wildflower survey in the country - and they learned to identify wildflowers along the way....

Our road verges hold the potential to act as wildlife corridors on a landscape scale. We needed to know more and reach further than Lincolnshire's 65 Roadside Nature Reserves along only 80km (<1%) of Lincolnshire's roads if we were to realise the vision of linking nature reserves with wildflower-rich grassland and supporting pollination for the county's crops. Life on the Verge surveys began in the summer of 2009 and recruited over 250 volunteers who helped us to look for a shortlist of important wildflowers along a total road length of over 3,900 km / 2,400 miles. This huge effort has led to the designation of 159 new Local Wildlife Sites on verges along more than 250km of road which constitute nearly 100 ha of wildflower-rich habitat.  Maps of these results are now helping Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust and its partner organisations including local authorities to target conservation management more effectively and efficiently on the ground.Sponsored by the Heritage Lottery Fund

Life on the Verge has focused on the chalk and limestone areas of Lincolnshire (about 37% of the historic county) where the greatest potential for grassland wildflowers lies. All accessible verges on the public highway within the project areas have now been surveyed. Survey work started in 2009 with a focus on the limestone area of Lincolnshire and Rutland between Lincoln and Stamford. In 2011 surveys extended to the Lincolnshire Wolds and most recently in 2014 work began to cover the North Lincolnshire Edge between Lincoln and the Humber. After 8 summers, the surveys were finallly completed in 2016.

To view the survey results for each area, follow the links below....