Charles Kenyon: We must support all our county wildlife trusts

Our columnist reflects on the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, describing it as more than a series of quiet nature reserves

Charles Kenyon
Charles Kenyon

About half a mile from our kitchen window is a beautiful pale yellow field.

It is full of cowslips, more than I ever see anywhere else and an annual, short-lived beauty in a set of fields looked after by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust.

Like other county wildlife trusts, the LWT is a charity of which, unusually, everyone is a beneficiary. It is much more than a series of unobtrusive, quiet nature reserves - it is a huge linked laboratory.

Transitory species, such as the lapwings we see swooping with the most amazing aerobatics over the cowslips, or the 1,000-year-old habitat for beetles in an ancient standing woodland close by, prosper in an environment acquired, recovered and maintained largely by volunteers.

The LWT has the special benefit of having as its chair an amazing wildlife photographer, Geoff Trinder, whose images never fail to inspire, educate and console. I say console because the benefits of the work of the wildlife trusts for mental wellbeing are extraordinary, an aspect that is championed by the LWT.

As I gaze out of the window towards that field, the great open skies are set over green and gold: the yellow of the dandelions and celandines, the last of oil seed and these wonderful cowslips. Soon it will all be pink and white - the horse chestnut candles, the apple blossom, the hawthorn and then the dog roses in the hedgerows.

Whether as a visitor to the countryside or a resident, we need to thank and support our wildlife trusts.

Charles Kenyon lives near Market Rasen,

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