The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust states in their Winter 2021 Lapwings magazine : “Bigger, more robust, nature reserves will be better able to withstand the effects of climate change and if we can link them into a coherent network, we will allow species to move across the landscape better and prevent fragmentation and isolation of vulnerable […]
Wet and Wild Carrs
After a spell at Louth George Tennyson took his sons out of the school there, that they hated, and set them up in a converted medieval bathhouse just outside their home village of Somersby. This old building was set in an old wood across a field from the rambling rectory where Alfred lived with his […]
The River Lymn and its Tributaries.
The small streams that come together to form the River Lymn run down from the hills west of Tetford. They pass through the village as a fast flowing stream which at this stage is the very epitome of Tennyson’s brook. Particularly just past Tetford watermill it babbles over rocks and roots as it hurries through […]
The Distribution and Geology of Carr Dales.
Carr is wet woodland that was mainly concentrated around the edge of the Fens and low lying valleys such as the Vale of Ancholme. Nearly all this woodland has gone although there are two small remnant carrs north of Tattershall managed by the Woodland Trust, although the general drainage of the area has dropped the […]
Traversing Lower Lymndale.
This traverse begins on the Ulceby Chalk Plateau. Apart from said hamlet this 100 metre high plateau for most of history was empty and windswept crossed by a few lonely roads. On old maps it is referred to as the Great Furze meaning mainly gorse scrub. It allowed until Tennyson’s youth for clusters of Stone […]
Big Skies and Hidden Valleys.
Lincolnshire has always been singled out for its big skies and more recently has been promoted as a good location for cloud spotting with its clear air and uninterrupted views but if you had to pick a single location where these characteristics are shown off to best effect then the high ground immediately west of […]
Tennyson’s the Brook
The Brook is one of Tennyson’s best known poems and most assume it is about the little River Lymn, which flows close by his boyhood home. Tennyson himself says it is not a specific brook and when the poem is read in its entirety, including the deliberately contrasting sections about different characters and their lives, […]
Gartree is a wapentake adjacent to Hill. Its eastern boundary is the section of the ancient ridgeway known as the Bluestone Heath Road stretching from Belchford to Donington on Bain. This is nearly twelve kilometres long and both parishes are within its boundaries. Like all other wapentakes, with the exception of Hill, it stretches from […]
After the Rains (Somersby)
For much of Autumn this year Lincolnshire has suffered far more rain than this normally dry county usually receives. This was due to a series of slow moving depressions passing over southern Britain pulling in winds off the North Sea. This meant that rather than being in the rain shadow of high ground to […]
Misty Morn around Dalby Hill.
Most of October had been mild, wet and sometimes windy until a ridge of high pressure passed through giving a brief window of calmer weather. Ahead was the weekend for changing the clocks so this made it a good time to get up before light as with the clocks due to go back it […]