What do we do?
At the Lindsey Marsh Drainage Board we strive to enhance the environment through sympathetic management of watercourses and enhancing habitat wherever possible.
By taking this approach we deliver our flood and water level management responsibilities and meet our statutory obligation to conserve and enhance the environment.
How do we do this?
The Board has a policy to undertake all dredging and non-regular maintenance works from a single bank of a watercourse reducing disturbance to wildlife and to enabling the opposite bank to act as a wildlife refuge.
By creating low level berms during reforming works it enhances the extent of the available habitat. We also carefully scrutinise applications for culverting and require the provision of replacement habitat for any approved application that causes losses.
Have we achieved our aim?
A considerable success of our sympathetic approach is readily demonstrated by our thriving water vole population which won recognition Regionally and Nationally as a Key Area for the species.
A partner with the Wildlife Conservation Partnership in “Operation Barn Owl” we jointly achieved considerable recognition through winning the 2009 Lincolnshire Environmental Award. The barn owl population continues to go from strength to strength.
And more recently, the Board achieved recognition in the 2010 ADA/Natural England Biodiversity Initiative Competition with runner-up in the best “large scale IDB biodiversity initiative” for its involvement in the Lincolnshire Coastal Grazing Marshes and winning the best “small scale IDB biodiversity initiative” for its Marsh Water Vole Project.
How do we engage more broadly?
Enthusiastic partners in the Greater Lincolnshire Nature Partnership, and closely involved in the development of the Lincolnshire Coastal Grazing Marshes and Coastal Country Park projects the Board’s dedicated environmental officer adds value to the sustainable delivery of these high quality environmental schemes and ensures that the environment is significantly enhanced without detriment to the levels of protection afforded by the Boards systems.
The Board is an active partner in the management schemes for both the Humber and the Wash estuaries whose wildlife is inextricably linked with the grazing marsh project that together provide interest for tourism thought-out the year.
Geater Lincolnshire Nature Partnership www.glnp.org.uk
Lincolnshire Coastal Grazing Marshes www.lincsmarshes.org.uk
Humber Management Scheme www.humbernature.co.uk
Wash and North Norfolk Coast European Marine Site www.washandnorthnorfolkcoastems.co.uk
Acknowledgement: Video produced by Lincolnshire Wolds – lincswolds.org.uk/chalk-streams/camera-monitoring