Nest Box Project
This project sprung from the initiative of one of our young members who initially proposed to gift 6 nest boxes to Linn Park. This was part of his individual '100 Nest Box Challenge' whereby he was making the boxes himself and selling them for donations to three wildlife charities. Several members of the group then asked to buy more nest boxes and 'sponsor' them for the Park. This led to 13 nest boxes being installed in Spring 2018, with 13 more already sponsored. These will be erected in time for nesting in 2019.
These boxes have been monitored through the 2018 season with 10 being used, 59 eggs laid, 52 chicks hatched and 47 chicks fledged. They will be monitored through the coming nesting seasons also. We would be delighted if you'd like to get involved! Please use our contacts page.
Butterflies are uniquely placed to act as indicators of the state of the environment, allowing us to assess the impacts of climate change and the progress of government policy initiatives to conserve biodiversity.
Not only are butterflies biologically suitable as indicator species, having rapid lifecycles and high sensitivity to environmental conditions, but the recording and monitoring volunteer networks and datasets built up by Butterfly Conservation (BC) and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) enable accurate assessment of their trends.
The United Kingdom Butterfly Monitoring Scheme (UKBMS) was formed by a merger of the long-running Butterfly Monitoring Scheme (BMS) (established by CEH in 1976) with Butterfly Conservation's co-ordination of 'independent' transects (established in 1998). The UKBMS was launched in 2006.
We have two butterfly transects set up in Linn Park - one starts from the flag at the Golf Course Entrance, and the other starts from the white bridge. These are marked routes which are walked and monitored for butterflies each week from April to September. The results are lodged with UKBMS. This is a long term project which must run for a minimum of three years.
If you would like to get involved please use our contacts page.
Friends of Linn Park are working with local schools to develop a trail inspired by the wildlife of this Local Nature Reserve. We expect to develop the trail over the coming months ready for installation in time for Easter 2019. Watch this space!!
More information to follow. If you would like to get involved please use our contacts page.