Lincolnshire Limestone

Our Wildflower Meadows Network project will seek to restore parts of Lincolnshire's Limestone grassland habitats to the wildlife hotspots they used to be, ensuring the conservation of wildlife and our rural heritage.

Lincolnshire's upland limestone landscape was recognised as long ago as 1940 by the Wildlife Trusts for its grassland areas because they provided one of Lincolnshire’s wildlife hotspots for biodiversity.

This area is divided in two parts: the uplands of South Lincolnshire, which comprise the northern extent of the Lincolnshire and Rutland Limestone Living Landscape and the North Lincolnshire Limestone Cliff and Coversands. Together these two areas form an almost continuous upland limestone landscape across the county that stretches from the Humber to Stamford. (see project map)

Despite being recognised by the Wildlife Trusts in 1940, subsequent changes in agricultural practices have resulted in continued losses of this nationally important wildlife habitat. Limestone grassland is now so scarce and vulnerable that its survival is a conservation priority under national and local Biodiversity Action Plans.

Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust has long been concerned about the plight of grassland ecosystems in the limestone uplands. Our Life on the Verge project was set up to complete a detailed survey of wildflowers along roadside verges in the area. These verges provide key sanctuaries for an abundance of species and act as corridors for wildlife in a network stretching across this landscape.

Further reading / external Links:

Natural England - Northern Lincolnshire Edge with Coversands/ Southern Lincolnshire Edge