Anderby Marsh Habitat Re-Creation

Through £250,000 of WREN funding the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust wishes to purchase 23.7ha forming a strip of land between the sand dunes and the Old Sea Bank south of Anderby Creek on the Lincolnshire Coast.  The land was previously permanent grassland but was ploughed a few years ago.  The intention is to return the land to wet grassland and ultimately to create wetland features and reedbeds by excavation.  The WREN grant will be used to facilitate the land purchase only. 

This will be the initial project within the Lincolnshire Coastal Country Park - a proposal supported by eight partner organisations to improve access and wildlife habitats along 5km of the coast between Sandilands and Chapel St Leonards. The main purpose of this project would be to provide a reservoir sanctuary to enhance the wildlife of the whole of the outmarsh and the coastal country park area.  This project will make a significant contribution towards the development of 1.2km of continuous quality habitat from Anderby Creek to Chapel Pit reserve, and will provide the biodiversity-rich core of the coastal country park.

Habitat re-creation will be undertaken over a number of years in a steady step by step manner, allowing re-wetting and natural regeneration to occur before deciding whether to excavate part of the field to create a large water body.

Existing drainage ditches will be blocked  to raise water levels using five dam boards.  This will raise water in the drain by about 60cm, and will be carried out by Lindsey Marsh Internal Drainage Board, one of the partner organisations.  The site will be fenced, seeded with a non-aggressive grass ley which will permit invasion of wetland species, and grazed for approximately 5 years. During this period regular ecological surveys will be undertaken to monitor the change in flora.  It is anticipated that wet grassland, marsh and significant change in the ditch flora can be achieved during this period.  The southern part of the site will be the wettest and it is anticipated that reedbed encroachment will occur from the adjacent Wolla Bank Reedbed.

To the east of the site is the disused sewage works area containing a mosaic of mature dune habitats with scrub and dune slack pools.  This area and the existing small brackish water bodies on the site will provide sources of wetland species to invade the site.

Ultimately the project area will be able to support a range of wetland habitats - open water, marsh, reedbed and wet grassland, brackish water bodies.  It is expected to support a wide range of reedbed, aquatic and marsh birds which already breed nearby including waders, bittern, little egret, Bewick's swan, Slavonian, great crested, little and red-necked grebes, bearded tit, reed, sedge and grasshopper warblers and raptors including marsh harrier and short eared owl.  Rare migrants recorded on adjacent reserve sites have included spoonbill, great reed warbler, little bittern, white winged black tern.  Otters formerly visited the adjacent Wolla Bank pit and may re-colonise the area.


Following the acquisition of the fields in September 2009, through the WREN grant, it has proved to be the catalyst for considerable habitat improvements to a 2.2 km stretch of coast, an integral and key part of the Coastal Country Park.

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Sep 23, 2009
Sep 25, 2009
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