History

Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust was founded in 1948, the third of the Wildlife Trusts to be formed which now cover the whole of the UK.

2013

  • 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.

2012

  • Ted Smith CBE, founding member and President of Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust is presented with The Wildlife Trusts Centenary Award by Sir David Attenborough.

2011

  • 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. 

2010

  • 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.

2009

  • 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.

2008

  • 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.

2007

  • 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.

2006

  • 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.

2005

  • 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.

2004

  • 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.

2003

  • 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.

2002

  • 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.

2001

  • 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.

2000

  • Whisby Millennium buildings completed.
  • Bitterns breeding again at Far Ings.
  • Croftmarsh extension at Gibraltar Point.

1999

  • Ted Smith receives CBE.
  • Membership reaches 11,500.
  • Whisby Nature Park Millennium grant confirmed.
  • Trust name changed to "Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust".

1998

  • 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.

1997

  • 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

1996

  • Westfield Lakes extension to Far Ings purchased with help of grant from Heritage Lottery Fund.
  • Nature in Lincolnshire: Towards a Biodiversity Strategy published.


1995

  • Natterjack toad successfully re-introduced to Gibraltar Point.
  • Crowle Waste designated as National Nature Reserve.

1994

  • Trust enters English Nature's Reserves Enhancement Scheme.

1993

  • Trust headquarters moves to Banovallum House, Horncastle.
  • Hebridean sheep flock established for grazing heaths and grassland.

1992

  • 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.

1991

  • Far Ings Visitor Centre opened.

1990

  • Trust Chairman, Ted Smith, awarded the Christopher Cadbury Medal for services to nature conservation.

1989

  • New reserves at Barrow Haven, Boultham Mere and Kingerby Beck Meadows.
  • Churchyard survey launched.
  • Whisby Nature Park established.

1988

  • Far Ings Visitor Centre work begins.
  • Red Data Report published - the first for any county.
  • 90th nature reserve established.
  • 40th Anniversary Reception in Lincoln.

1987

  • Campaign total reaches £160,000.
  • Membership passes 7,000.

1986

  • Wash Viewpoint opened.

1985

  • 'Coast and Country Campaign' launched.

1984

  • Gibraltar Point designated National Nature Reserve.

1983

  • Membership reaches 5,000.
  • Far Ings nature reserve acquired.

1979

  • Donna Nook nature reserve established.
  • First Regional Warden appointed.

1978

  • Lincoln shop opened.

1977

  • First Job Creation team appointed.

1976

  • Frampton Marsh reserve established.
  • Director appointed.

1974

  • New Visitor Centre at Gibraltar Point opened by Sir David Attenborough.

1973

  • Silver Jubilee Year.
  • First edition of nature reserves handbook.

1972

  • Premiere of Trust's second film An Eye for the Country.

1971

  • Visit of HRH The Prince of Wales to Gibraltar Point.

1970

  • 'Invest in Lincolnshire's Wildlife' appeal launched.

1968

  • First nature trail at Mausoleum Wood, Brocklesby.

1967

  • First Area Group formed.
  • Baston Fen acquired.

1966

  • First Trust film "Nature in Trust" produced.
  • Protected Roadside Verge Scheme established - the first in Britain.

1965

  • Headquarters established at the Manor House, Alford.
  • Field Officer appointed.

1963

  • Waddingham Common, one of Lincolnshire's premier wildlife sites, destroyed by drainage and ploughing.
  • First Information Centre at Gibraltar Point opened by Peter Scott.

1962

  • Public Inquiry into revocation of planning permission for caravan camp on Saltfleetby sand dunes.

1960

  • First national conference of Wildlife Trusts held at Skegness.

1959

  • Old Coastguard House at Gibraltar Point leased to Trust.

1957

  • Epworth and Haxey Turbaries acquired.
  • Appeal launched for Linwood Warren.

1954

  • Scotton Common, first freehold nature reserve acquired.

1953

  • Public Inquiry into refusal of planning permission for caravans at Gibraltar Point.

1949

  • Gibraltar Point established as nature reserve.
  • Field Station and Bird Observatory opened.

1948

  • Incorporation as the Lincolnshire Naturalists' Trust.