The Lincolnshire Chalk Streams Project (LCSP)
Chalk streams have been identified as a UK Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) Priority Habitat. The UK BAP is the UK Government's response to the Convention on Biological Diversity, signed at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992.
Biodiversity Action Plan
As a result of this several organisations came together in 2003 to form the Lincolnshire Chalk Streams Project; Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service (host), Environment Agency, Anglian Water, Natural England, Wild Trout Trust and the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust.
The partnership aims to;
- Make sustainable improvements to chalk streams in Lincolnshire focussed around the Lincolnshire Wolds
- Raise awareness of chalk streams and their importance
- Improve our knowledge of Lincolnshire's chalk stream habitats
- Restore and improve Lincolnshire's chalk streams for the benefit of wildlife and the community.
A project officer came into post in 2006 to deliver the aims of the partnership. The project has gone from strength to strength and in 2012 was recognised for its work by winning the National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beautys prestigious Bowland Award. The award is presented to projects for achieving ‘the best project, best practice or outstanding contribution to the wellbeing of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty' which promotes landscape scale conservation through partnership working.
Where are the chalk streams in Lincolnshire?
There are a number of chalk streams in the Wolds including the Waithe Beck, River Lud, Great Eau, River Waring, River Bain, River Lymn, Laceby Beck, Nettleton Beck, to name a few.
The following walk leaflets take you to see some of these beauties,
- Hills and Hamlets - River Lud
- Vales and Views - Welton Beck and River Lud
- In Ore of Our Past - Nettleton Beck
- Babbling Becks and Brooks - Waithe Beck
- Paths, Ponds and a Priory - Waithe Beck
- Round Binbrook Walk - Waithe Beck