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Welcome to the web-site of the Lingfield Nature Reserves. We hope that you enjoy browsing our web-site and, even more, that you enjoy looking around our nature reserves, which are only the 2nd village-based reserve in the country to be awarded LNR (Local Nature Reserve) status by English Nature.

The reserves occupy a 26-acre site and are a mixture of meadows, hedges, and woodland copses and also boast a wetland area with a number of ponds and small pools, an orchard, a wildflower meadow and a butterfly garden. The reserves are managed in such a way as to gain maximum benefit for the flora and fauna, with increased biodiversity very much in mind.

Management and administration of the reserves is undertaken by a team of volunteers and, as such, we are always on the look-out for a bit more help - both in terms of expertise and manpower. If you are interested in helping to look after this wonderful local resource, why not come along to our regular work parties, which are usually held once a month, and if you have any particular knowledge of any aspect of wildlife or habitat management, we would be particularly interested in hearing from you.

Access to the reserves is free and open to all, and a network of both hard-standing and grass paths makes it suitable for pushchairs and wheelchair users.

 

Butterflies ... A Great Success Story on the Reserves bucking the National trend!

We have been counting butterflies on the Lingfield Nature Reserves since 2002 and this has been our best year ever in terms of total numbers of butterflies recorded. This is in stark contrast to the Big Butterfly Count 2021 by Butterfly Conservation, which sadly saw the lowest number of butterflies and moths ever recorded (see the lnnk below)

So what is behind our very different experience to the Big Butterfly Count? Small/essex skipper, dingy skipper, orange tip, brown argus, red admiral, gate keeper and meadow brown all had their best ever years. Brimstone, small copper, peacock and small heath had their second best ever year. That is quite a range of species with different flight periods, life cycles, preferred habitats and food plants. Some of it maybe down to over enthusiastic recording due to the Butterfly Garden now being so good as a nectar source as is the area around the Coldharbour pond but it is hard not to conclude that improving habitat is the reason. The replanting of the Butterfly Garden now full of buddleia and other excellent nectar sources must be contributing to the numbers for species like red admiral and peacock. The planting of alder buckthorn all over the reserves must be helping brimstone. Meanwhile our best ever year for common spotted orchids and evidence of betony spreading out from the ditches into the wider meadows suggests the grasslands are getting more flower rich. This must be helping our butterflies buck the national trend. It just shows that we can do something about insect declines and everyone should try to create good habit with more wildflowers.

https://butterfly-conservation.org/news-and-blog/big-butterfly-count-2021-sees-lowest-ever-number-of-butterflies-recorded?fbclid=IwAR2N3DfF-bvgdVyuZc9jzIg_lM9HK8xSkahZcSFxo1m_TO5Kp_A-zvfktrI

 

 Small Copper in Bloomers Field (30/9/21) (Image courtesy of Richard Stephens) 

 

 

Work Party Details ...

Lingfield Nature Reserves Leaflet

 

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