Work to improve wildlife habitat in Hubbard’s Hills begins next week

Hubbard's Hills.
Hubbard's Hills.

The Lincolnshire Chalk Streams Project will start practical works to improve the habitat of the River Lud at Hubbard’s Hills on Monday (April 11).

Funded through WREN’s FCC Biodiversity Action Fund and Anglian Water, the work aims to encourage more wildlife and plants to thrive in and around the river. The variety of wildlife in the river has declined for reasons including over-shading by trees, erosion of the river bank, and a build up of silt in the river, leading to a loss of invertebrates which fish, mammals and birds feed on.

Several measures are planned to improve the river’s habitat, including stabilising the banks to reduce erosion, plating native wetland plants, and carefully thinning the tree canopy to allow more light into the area.

Jonathan Gahan, Lincolnshire Chalk Stream Project Officer, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to work with our funders WREN and Anglian Water, and our partners on the project, The Hubbard’s Hills Trust, to improve the habitats of the river as it flows through Hubbards Hills.

“It’s a popular area widely used and cherished by the local community, and we’ll be making environmental improvements that will make a real difference for locals for many years to come’.

The works are scheduled to start on April 11 and will take up to two weeks, depending on weather conditions.

This project is helping to implement part of the Hubbard’s Hills Partnership Management, and has been organised in consultation with a wide range of partners including the Hubbard’s Hills Trust who took on management of the site from East Lindsey District Council in 2009.

The works have been formally approved by Lindsey Marsh Drainage Board (and by consultation via the Environment Agency) and form part of a wider programme of river restoration being undertaken.