Gibraltar Point was Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust's first nature reserve of the newly formed Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Members of the Lincolnshire Naturalist's Union on a visit to Gibraltar Point
The first residential course at Gibraltar Point
Conservation Corp clearing birch scrub at Scotton Common
The protected road verge at Fulletby. Working with the local authority, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust's Protected Roadside Verge Scheme was established - the first in Britain.
Prince Charles visited Gibraltar Point
David Attenborough opened the Gibraltar Point Visitor Centre
The gravel pits at Whisby became Whisby Nature Park
The first Far Ings Visitor Centre was opened
The Trust heaquarters moved to Banovallum House in Horncastle
In a pioneering project in the 1990s, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust bought Robert's Field - a former limestone grassland that had been planted with conifers in the 1960s - the reserve there has been successfully restored to wildflower-rich grassland
Donna Nook is designated a National Nature Reserve - the first in Britain on Ministry of Defence owned land
Willow Tree Fen in south Lincolnshire was purchased with the vision of transforming it into a traditional fenland landscape
The purchase of the former WW2 airfield at Woodhall Spa was completed
The new Visitor Centre at Gibraltar Point was officially opened by Simon King
Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust was founded in 1948, the third of the Wildlife Trusts to be formed which now cover the whole of the UK.
- The new Visitor Centre at Gibraltar Point opened in May and had a very busy first summer season. The official opening by Simon King in October was also an opportunity to re-dedicate Gibraltar Point to the late Ted Smith.
- After months of hard work preparing the site, Woodhall Spa Airfield was opened as a nature reserve as part of the Lincolnshire Heritage Open Days in early September.
- Alford Wildlife Watch group were awarded second place in the national Wildlife Watch Group of the Year competition.
- Lincolnshire Coop donated £72k to the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust through their Community Champions Scheme.
- In April, the demolition of the flood damaged visitor centre at Gibraltar Point began.In September, construction of the new visitor centre began.
- Whisby Watch group won The Wildlife Trusts’ Watch Group of the Year award for their activities during 2014 presented on a film made by the young people attending each month.
- Visitor Centres at Gibraltar Point and Far Ings were closed due to damage caused by the tidal surge in December 2013. In September, plans were unveiled for a new £1m visitor centre at Gibraltar Point
- Woodhall Spa Airfield was purchased with a £450,000 grant from WREN’s Biodiversity Action Fund Land Purchase Programme, a £100,000 a legacy donation from Robert Thomas Pearson and public donations.
- Work began to create a new 40 acre nature reserve at Huttoft Marsh, near Mablethorpe.
- Following the successful Life on the Verge project, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust has received a grant of £76,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the new Lincolnshire’s Wildflower Meadows Network project.
- An appeal is launched to raise half a million pounds to buy Woodhall Spa Airfield, home of the 617 ‘Dambuster’ Squadron during the last years of World War Two.
- A surge tide on the evening of 5 December, floods coastal nature reserves and visitor centres.
- Ted Smith CBE, founding member and President of Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust is presented with The Wildlife Trusts Centenary Award by Sir David Attenborough.
- Life on the Verge is launched in the Lincolnshire Wolds with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
- The Lincolnshire Environmental Records Centre receives its one millionth wildlife record.
- Heritage Lottery Fund funding helps communities learn about, look after and celebrate the Lincolnshire Coastal Country Park and Coastal Grazing Marshes.
- Volunteers survey over 2,200km of roadside nature reserve in south-west Lincolnshire as part of the Life on the Verge Project.
- Two films, made in 1967 and 1972, are re-released. They chart the changing landscape and wildlife of the county and the work of the Trust.
- Whisby Wildlife Watch Group is selected as the national Wildlife Watch Group of the Year.
- Throughout the year, the 60th anniversary of the Trust is celebrated.
- Willow Tree Farm is purchased and the first steps taken on its transformation to a fenland nature reserve.
- Anderby Marsh is purchased.
- In November, the Marine and Coastal Access Bill receives Royal Assent and becomes an Act and law.
- On Tuesday 2 December 2008, the Trust begins celebrations of its Diamond Jubilee.
- Wild Lincolnshire - a photographic book by Geoff Trinder is published.
- After 32 years as Director of the Trust, Stuart Crooks retired. Paul Learoyd starts as new Chief Executive.
- The Wildlife Trusts' Christopher Cadbury staff medal is awarded to Stuart Crooks.
- New visitor and education centre opened at Far Ings National Nature Reserve.
- Trustees for Nature – A Memoir of the conservation movement in Lincolnshire and the UK by Ted Smith published.
- Lincolnshire Biodiversity Partnership, an independent service bringing together the Biodiversity Action Plan, Environmental Records Centre and the Local Wildlife Sites scheme, launched.
- Visitor Centre at Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve re-developed and extended with new interpretive displays, increased retail area and cafe.
- Far Ings National Nature Reserve extended with the purchase of Target Lake.
- Five-year South Humber Wildlife and People (SHWAP) project launched.
- Lincolnshire Environmental Records Centre launched.
- Far Ings is designated a National Nature Reserve.
- Rush Furlong and Dole Wood are extended.
- The Trust joined in partnership with Lindum Rotary Club to organise the Lincolnshire Environmental Awards.
- Launch of the Lincolnshire Limewoods Project.
- Trust launches an appeal to establish Legbourne Wood as a nature reserve.
- Avocets nest on two Trust nature reserves.
- Wildlife Watch membership reaches 4,000.
- Membership reaches 20,000.
- Five pairs of bitterns breed in Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire.
- The end of the Five-year HLF project on nature reserves.
- Deeping Lakes nature reserve established.
- Launch of the Coversands project.
- Membership reaches 15,000.
- The new Local Nature Reserve at Gibraltar Point, including Jackson's Marsh, Croftmarsh and Tennyson's Sands, officially opened.
- Donna Nook declared a National Nature Reserve, it is the first National Nature Reserve to be declared on Ministry of Defence owned land.
- Wildlife Watch membership reaches 2,000.
- The 50th anniversary of the statutory declaration of Gibraltar Point as a nature reserve by the former Lindsey County Council is celebrated.
- Whisby Nature Park is declared a Local Nature Reserve.
- Nature reserves close due to foot and mouth.
- Official opening of Millennium buildings at Whisby Nature Park by HRH Duke of Edinburgh.
- Greetwell Hollow in Lincoln becomes a Trust Nature Reserve.
- Trust Membership reaches 13,000.
- Grant of £365,000 awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund for Education and Community Project.
- Whisby Millennium buildings completed.
- Bitterns breeding again at Far Ings.
- Croftmarsh extension at Gibraltar Point.
- Ted Smith receives CBE.
- Membership reaches 11,500.
- Whisby Nature Park Millennium grant confirmed.
- Trust name changed to "Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust".
- Trust celebrates its Golden Jubilee.
- Ted Smith received Hon. Doctorate.
- Membership reaches 10,000.
- Gibraltar Point celebrates 50th Anniversary.
- Five-Year Heritage Lottery Capital Projects grant award.
- Trust is Lincolnshire Environmental Award outright winner.
- Membership reaches 9,000.
- Read's Island joint Trust/RSPB project begins.
- Heritage Lottery Fund assists: Red Hill reserve extension, Scotton Common extension, Toby's Hill acquisition
- Westfield Lakes extension to Far Ings purchased with help of grant from Heritage Lottery Fund.
- Nature in Lincolnshire: Towards a Biodiversity Strategy published.
- Natterjack toad successfully re-introduced to Gibraltar Point.
- Crowle Waste designated as National Nature Reserve.
- Trust enters English Nature's Reserves Enhancement Scheme.
- Trust headquarters moves to Banovallum House, Horncastle.
- Hebridean sheep flock established for grazing heaths and grassland.
- Fenland Lagoon created at Gibraltar Point.
- Robert's Field, formerly one of Lincolnshire's finest limestone grasslands, rich in butterflies, but planted with conifers in the 1960s, is bought by the Trust for restoration.
- Pasture Wharf on the Humber Bank purchased.
- Far Ings Visitor Centre opened.
- Trust Chairman, Ted Smith, awarded the Christopher Cadbury Medal for services to nature conservation.
- New reserves at Barrow Haven, Boultham Mere and Kingerby Beck Meadows.
- Churchyard survey launched.
- Whisby Nature Park established.
- Far Ings Visitor Centre work begins.
- Red Data Report published - the first for any county.
- 90th nature reserve established.
- 40th Anniversary Reception in Lincoln.
- Campaign total reaches £160,000.
- Membership passes 7,000.
- Wash Viewpoint opened.
- 'Coast and Country Campaign' launched.
- Gibraltar Point designated National Nature Reserve.
- Membership reaches 5,000.
- Far Ings nature reserve acquired.
- Donna Nook nature reserve established.
- First Regional Warden appointed.
- Lincoln shop opened.
- First Job Creation team appointed.
- Frampton Marsh reserve established.
- Director appointed.
- New Visitor Centre at Gibraltar Point opened by Sir David Attenborough.
- Silver Jubilee Year.
- First edition of nature reserves handbook.
- Premiere of Trust's second film An Eye for the Country.
- Visit of HRH The Prince of Wales to Gibraltar Point.
- 'Invest in Lincolnshire's Wildlife' appeal launched.
- First nature trail at Mausoleum Wood, Brocklesby.
- First Area Group formed.
- Baston Fen acquired.
- First Trust film "Nature in Trust" produced.
- Protected Roadside Verge Scheme established - the first in Britain.
- Headquarters established at the Manor House, Alford.
- Field Officer appointed.
- Waddingham Common, one of Lincolnshire's premier wildlife sites, destroyed by drainage and ploughing.
- First Information Centre at Gibraltar Point opened by Peter Scott.
- Public Inquiry into revocation of planning permission for caravan camp on Saltfleetby sand dunes.
- First national conference of Wildlife Trusts held at Skegness.
- Old Coastguard House at Gibraltar Point leased to Trust.
- Epworth and Haxey Turbaries acquired.
- Appeal launched for Linwood Warren.
- Scotton Common, first freehold nature reserve acquired.
- Public Inquiry into refusal of planning permission for caravans at Gibraltar Point.
- Gibraltar Point established as nature reserve.
- Field Station and Bird Observatory opened.
- Incorporation as the Lincolnshire Naturalists' Trust.