Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust – Gainsborough Area

by | 7 January 2024 | Gainsborough, Wildlife

‘The Deer of Lincolnshire’ was the title of Chris Manning’s talk to the Gainsborough Area Group of Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust in November. With a wealth of experience in conservation and landscape ecology, and an obvious passion for deer, Chris gave a fascinating insight into the history of deer in the UK.

As their population numbers are closely linked to human land management and attitudes to hunting, Chris spoke about historic Royal Forests and Parks, including those in Lincolnshire. Roe and Red Deer were a valuable food source.

Fallow deer are regarded as naturalised, following historical introductions from Europe from Roman times onwards. They are grazers and tend to stick to an area.

Later introductions, Muntjac, Pere David, Sika and Chinese Water Deer were kept in exclusive ‘parks’ but escaped into the wider countryside.

Outlining their differing physical features and habits, Chris also indicated the problems that their growing numbers are causing for biodiversity in the natural environment. Their presence on Crowle Moor is one area of concern.

Upcoming meetings

  • Wednesday 17th January: Butterflies of the Night. Colin Watkin gives the benefit of his long experience with an illustrated talk on moths, moth trapping and their identification.
  • Wednesday 21st February: God’s Acre. Helen Gamble gives an illustrated talk on the interesting and varied flora and fauna of the churchyards of Lincolnshire.
  • Wednesday 20th March: Ashing Meadow Nature Reserve. Su Colman gives an illustrated talk about this reserve in Nettleham, its beginning and its varied habitats.
  • Wednesday 17th April: Wildlife of Lincolnshire and Beyond. Talk by Geoff Trinder, President of the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust. This meeting will be preceded by the AGM.

All indoor meetings are held at St Stephen’s Methodist Church (DN21 2DP) and begin at 7.30pm. Members and non-members, adults and children equally welcome. Entrance by donation (minimum £2.50pp).

Raffle tickets £1.00 each.

More details from Dan Bardsley on 07720 569228 or