Boultham Park 5
Grid Ref: SK965690

Status:     Site of Nature Conservation Importance (Lincolnshire Trust) Registered Historic Park - Grade II

Boultham Park is a combination of amenity and semi-improved grassland and mature mixed plantation. There are areas of damper woodland and a pond. The site has been designated as Critical Natural Asset for the following reasons:

1) The site supports approx.16ha of mature woodland with damp areas, representing approximately 13.5% of Lincoln's woodland. It is one of the largest areas of woodland in the urban area of Lincoln and one of 9 predominantly woodland sites in Lincoln. There is a pond of approx. 3ha, representing 5% of the total wetland habitat in Lincoln.

2) The site supports a number of species uncommon in Lincoln. These include:
Lychnis flos-cuculi
(4 sites in Lincoln)
Water violet
Hottonia palustris
(4 sites in Lincoln)
Tanacetum pathenium
(1 site in Lincoln)
Sitta europaea
(2 sites in Lincoln)
3) The site is an important component in a complex of woodland and wetland SNCIs along the Witham Valley Green Wedge, providing habitat diversity in an area otherwise dominated by urban development, arable, wetland and rough pasture.

4) The site supports the following rare and endangered species:
Linnet       Carduelis cannabina
This seed-eater has declined nationally by more than 50% in the last 20 years. Its decline may be due to a lack of arable weeds, an important food source for seed eating birds such as linnets, as a result of modern farming practices. This is a problem shared by a number of farmland birds including a number of other Lincolnshire Red Data species including tree sparrow, skylark and corn bunting.
Tree sparrow Passer montanus
See Boultham Moor Wood for description.

Landscape Value
Interesting and visually attractive mix of formal parkland, open grassland, woodland and lake.   Site makes an important contribution to the diversity of landscape features within the proposed Witham Valley Green Wedge. Included in Register of Historic Parks and Gardens - Grade II.