Surveys set to give volunteers wild time in the Wolds

A chance to explore the Lincolnshire Wolds is hoped to uncover the wonders of the hedgerows and historic farm buildings.

Volunteers are needed to explore hedgerows.

Volunteers are invited to take part in two projects with the Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service (LWCS).

One of the projects is based on discovering more about the rich variety of species in hedgerows around Brookenby and Binbrook.

David Rodger, project officer said: "This is a great opportunity for people who enjoy being outdoors and exploring the natural world.

A survey is also being held on historic farm buildings.

"We will be offering online training, and I'm sure those taking part will enjoy finding out more about the unique wildlife and historic landscape of the Lincolnshire Wolds.

"The information they discover will help add to the picture of what we know about the Wolds and will help us in our work to preserve and enhance this special area."

Hedgerows are an often overlooked but vital part of the landscape. They also provide cover for a rich variety of plants and animals and act as wildlife corridors, allowing wildlife to move between habitats.

Some hedges in the Wolds might be 400 years or more and they could be evidence for old woodland, relic field systems or parish boundaries.

The other project involves a survey of historic farm buildings in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty of the Wolds.

There are many historic farm buildings in the Wolds, many are overlooked and have fallen into disrepair.

LWCS want to increase the information available to businesses, architects and planners regarding the historic significance of Lincolnshire's farm buildings.

The service also wants to help find a new economic use for these buildings in a manner that’s sympathetic with their historical significance.

Data gathered during 'on site' surveys will help to inform the renovation of redundant buildings that are an important contribution to the character of the Lincolnshire Wolds AONB.

Full training will be given, from interpreting farmyard architecture to health and safety assessments. All materials needed will be provided free of charge.

Anyone wishing to take part in this survey or the hedgerow survey can contact David Rodger on (01522) 555786 or email: [email protected]