18th July 2002

 

  A GROWING CONCERN

 

Local biodiversity is a growing concern for seven Landscape Ecology students from the Lincolnshire School of Agriculture.

 

Claire Bilton (22), Chris Manning (45), Marcus Hopton (21), Graham Favell (21), Simon Inger (21), Andrew Bailey (32) and Bruce Shortland (24) have been working with Groundwork Lincolnshire to ensure the protection of the local environment.

 

Groundwork Lincolnshire, a local conservation group, Lincoln City Council and the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust deliver the Lincoln City Biodiversity Project.

 

The project ensures the protection of various grasslands, heath land, marshes, wetlands, river and reed beds, scrubland and woodland around the city.

 

The group have been working at a number of sites including Swanholme Lake, Bracebridge corner, West Common and Hospital Plantation.

 

“I started phase 1 habitat mapping of West Common to assist Groundwork Lincolnshire,” said Simon, “but doing so I found the idea for my disseration which looked at the skylark population on the commons of Lincoln.”

 

“The biodiversity project has proved invaluable in putting our skills and techniques into practice,” said Bruce. “It is a marvellous experience and will assist greatly with future work plans.”

 

Kate Hiseman, course tutor and now energy and environment manager for the university, said: “The students gained valuable experience working on the project.

 

“It has allowed them to put into practice the theory which they have learned during the course.”

 

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For more information contact:

Gill Noakes, Press Assistant, University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886042 or Email: gnoakes@lincoln.ac.uk

 

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