A number of specialist interest groups carry out important habitat management and species monitoring within the Limewoods area. For example, since 1994 the Lincolnshire Branch of Butterfly Conservation has carried out surveys to monitor the distribution of brown hairstreak butterflies and encouraged their conservation by carrying out appropriate management work, such as rotational coppicing which creates the young blackthorn re-growth that this species particularly favours for egg-laying.
Dormice were successfully introduced to the limewoods area in 2002 and are now monitored by the Lincolnshire Dormouse Group. The group also carries out coppice management to create habitats favourable for colonisation by the dormice.
Breeding bird populations are also being monitored in the Limewoods area by the Lincolnshire Bird Club, and bats, such as the barbastelle, are being monitored by the Limewoods Study Group. The work undertaken by all the volunteers in the Limewoods area is vital to the long term management and enhancement of the area’s biodiversity.
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An informal ‘umbrella’ name for all the small groups and individual specialists who carry out wildlife surveys and monitoring in the Limewoods area.