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Deeping Lakes Nature Reserve opens in Lincolnshire Sunday 19 September

Deeping Lakes Nature Reserve opens in Lincolnshire - A major new nature reserve with exciting opportunities for fenland wildlife is opening for the first time on Sunday 19 September near Deeping St James in South Lincolnshire. The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust is pleased to announce the opening of Deeping Lakes Nature Reserve, an attractive area of Fen landscape in the south of Lincolnshire, after a period of management works to improve public access and wildlife habitats.

Deeping Lakes Nature Reserve Deeping Lakes is a complex of flooded gravel pits; it is a shining example of how nature can reclaim former industrial sites. The Trust purchased the largest lake, which forms a major part of the reserve, in 2003 with generous grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund and English Nature Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund. The adjoining lakes are leased, forming an area of 71 hectares managed for wildlife.Dave Vandome, Deeping Lakes Project Officer, says: The main lake (formerly known as The Lake) was excavated in the late 1800s and has largely developed naturally since then. The two areas of smaller lakes and pools (formerly known as Welland Bank Quarry) were excavated in the 1990s. Being of relatively recent origin they contrast markedly with the older lake. The Lake is already noted for its wildfowl and water bird communities, and is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

The special Open Day has been organised so that people can find out about the reserve and its wildlife. Between 10.30am and 4.30pm, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust staff and volunteers will be on site to talk to visitors and answer questions about the reserve. There will also be opportunities to walk round the reserve and visit the new bird hide. Refreshments will be available and there will be a Trust sales stall and plant stall. The Exotic Pet Refuge, adjacent to the nature reserve, is also opening for visitors on Sunday 19 September. The Refuge is a charitable organisation that is run with the sole aim of caring for exotic animals that are either no longer wanted or find themselves homeless.How to get there: [OS: 142 GR: TF 187083 Map ref: 84]

1. Deeping Lakes Nature Reserve is located south of the manned level crossing in Deeping St James on the B1166. Access is by an unmade road off the B1166, approximately 1km south of the level crossing (at the sharp bend near the banks of the River Welland). A car park is provided, located 400m from the reserve entrance along the unmade road. Further information about the reserve can be found at http://www.lincstrust.org.uk/reserves

2. The Heritage Lottery Fund uses money from the National Lottery to give grants to support a wide range of projects involving the local, regional and national heritage of the United Kingdom. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) enables communities to celebrate, look after and learn more about our diverse heritage including our natural heritage.

3. The Aggregates Levy, introduced in 2002, aims to address the social and environmental costs of aggregate extraction. Part of the money raised by the levy is distributed through the Sustainability Fund, administered by English Nature, English Heritage and the Countryside Agency.

4. The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, a voluntary charitable organisation, manages around 100 nature reserves throughout the historic county of Lincolnshire - from the Humber to the Wash.For More Information Contact:
Dave Vandome, Deeping Lakes Project Officer Tel: 07775 566586
Rachel Shaw, Public Relations Assistant Tel: 01507 526667 (ansaphone out of office hours) Fax: 01507 525732 Email: rshaw@lincstrust.co.uk
Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, Banovallum House, Manor House Street, Horncastle, Lincolnshire LN9 5HF http://www.lincstrust.org.uk

4th July 2014