Coversands Heathland Project – restoration and conservation


The Coversands Heathland Project aimed to restore and recreate the once extensive heathland of north-west Lincolnshire.

Running from 2003-2008, the project was developed and led by a partnership between Natural England, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, North Lincolnshire Council and Forest Enterprise with Lincolnshire County Council and West Lindsey District Council.

Adder man – Chris Monk on his dedication to protecting venomous snakes


Chris Monk has been helping protect the British adder (Vipera berus) for many years. As well as being Britain's only venomous snake, it is also the most northerly distributed one. Unfortunately populations are in decline, but important progress is being made.

OPAL caught up with Chris to talk about his work with this well-known reptile and ask if there are any ways we can help protect it too.


Hedge conservation – what is being done to protect this habitat?


Holly in a hedgeHedgerows are listed as a priority habitat in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP). This means that they have been identified as an important habitat and actions are being taken to increase the quantity and quality of hedges in the UK, so that they continue to support a wealth of wildlife.

Find out more about priority habitats

Harvesting Complete

by Ed Tripp, University of Nottingham

All 514 seedlings have been harvested.

It took a good week or so to separate all the seedlings from the soil, dry them in an oven to remove the water, and then to weigh them.

It looks like the initial results are OK; there is some relationship between plant size and nitrogen deposition. However, there are still a great many factors that need to be included in the analysis which could explain the differences in plant size.


Soil sample month

by Ed Tripp, University of Nottingham

Two hundred and fifty-seven samples collected!

It took four weeks, and a good few thousand miles, but finally all the soil samples have been collected. These have now been placed in pots, and two heather seedlings are growing in each sample.

Currently the seedlings are less than 3mm high, but within the next six months they will grow slowly, to around 5cm!


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