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Welcome to the RSPB Information Page for
Hartsholme Country Park...
 
 
Take a look at the RSPB Lincoln website below, you will not be disappointed.
 
 
 I know this page will be of great interest to all bird lovers, when news and information arrives it will be published ASAP...
Barry Short.
 
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Two excellent photographs, one of ‘Grey heron’ and the other of
‘Birds on the frozen lake at Hartsholme Country Park’.
Images by Peter Skelson
RSPB Lincoln Local Group.
 
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RSPB LINCOLN LOCAL GROUP
SWANHOLME AND HARTSHOLME BIRDWATCHING FOR ALL WALKS 2014 
  1. The RSPB Birdwatching for All guided walks at the Swanholme Lakes Local Nature Reserve and Hartsholme Country Park began in 1991.  They have been so successful that they have continued ever since on the first Sunday of every month.
  2. The free walks are led by a team of volunteer members of the RSPB Lincoln Local Group.  In so doing the Group are pleased to support the work of the Rangers and the City Council at this very important location for wildlife in the City. Although the walks are in part targeted at newcomers to birdwatching, with people of all ages being most welcome, they also attract more experienced birdwatchers who are pleased to pass on their knowledge of birds and other aspects of wildlife.
  3. The number of people on our walks this year was down on previous years, although we have to thank the Park Rangers who have given us good publicity for them. The highest months were 20 in February and 19 in March, after a disappointing turnout of just 8 in January which is usually a popular month. The July walk was cancelled as only the two leaders turned up although this may have been a result of the Air Show and concern following the publicity given to the danger of ticks in the park. If July is excluded the average monthly attendance was 12 people. 
 
  1. Radio Lincolnshire’s Pirate Gold Treasure Hunt paid us a live visit to collect a clue from the Visitor Centre at the beginning of a wet October walk. An enthusiastic couple from Malaysia came on the August walk.
 
  1. The list of the 70 species seen on our walks is shown on the next page. This is comparable with other years. An impressive 40 species were recorded on the December walk. A Mandarin duck was seen on the Hartsholme Lake in September. There were reports this year of good sightings of butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies which was a feature of this year. Away from our walks at Easter a pair of Egyptian Geese had 7 goslings but only survived for a few days, whilst a Swallows nest under the archway of the Visitor Centre created a lot of interest.
 
  1. The Local Group, in conjunction with the Park Rangers, have updated the “Discover the Birds of Swanholme Lakes and Hartsholme Country Park” leaflet with the use of coloured photos of birds mostly taken in the park. This will be launched in the New Year of 2014.
 
  1. Looking ahead to 2015, the Group is organising a seventh “Date with Nature” Heron Watch of Hartsholme Island. This will start on 18 April over three weekends which will also include the May Bank Holiday Monday. There were 13 occupied nests in 2014, the same number as the previous year.
 
  1. If anyone would like to attend these free guided walks you would be made most welcome. We meet outside the Visitor Centre at 10.30 am on the first Sunday of every month. The walks take between 1.5 and 2 hours. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Warm clothing and stout footwear are advisable. For more information please contact Alan Flintham, Volunteers’ Organiser Lincoln RSPB Local Group alan@cflintham.wanadoo.co.uk 


SWANHOLME WALKS 2014 LIST OF BIRDS SEEN


   Little Grebe

Great Crested Grebe

Cormorant

Little Egret

Grey Heron

Mute Swan

Greylag Goose

Canada Goose

Egyptian Goose

Mandarin

Wigeon

Gadwall

Teal

Mallard

Shoveler

Pochard

Red-crested Pochard

Tufted Duck

Goosander

Sparrowhawk

Buzzard

Hobby

Moorhen

Coot

Lapwing

Black-headed Gull

Common Tern

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Herring Gull

Common Gull

Stock Dove

Woodpigeon

Collared Dove

Feral Pigeon

Swift

Kingfisher

Green Woodpecker

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Swallow

House Marin

Wren

Dunnock

Robin

Blackbird

Fieldfare

Song Thrush

Blackcap

Chiffchaff

Willow Warbler

Garden Warbler

Goldcrest

Long-tailed Tit

Whitethroat

Coal Tit

Blue Tit

Great Tit

Tree Creeper

Jay

Magpie

Jackdaw

Rook

Carrion Crow

Starling

House Sparrow

Pied Wagtail

Chaffinch

Greenfinch

Goldfinch

Siskin

Bullfinch

 Total: 70
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