LTMN - Ainsdale NNR

The Long Term monitoring Network was set up 5 years ago to provide data from 40 sites (many, if not all, National Nature Reserves) over as the name suggests the long term. Ainsdale Sand Dunes is part of the network and we will be repeating the vegetation part of the monitoring week of 27th to 30th June.

If volunteers are interested in participating then training and expert mentoring will be provided. 

The week will consist of :

The Role of Lichens

Join the Liverpool World Musesum for a fascinating talk about the importance of lichens in our world, by international expert Professor Mark Seaward. Lichens are a symbiotic relationship between a fungus and an algae. There are around 20,000-30,000 species worldwide. They are sensitive to environmental change, and are used as bioindicators for pollution, climate change, and in habitat management.

Mark has a strong interest in biomonitoring pollution, particularly heavy metals and radionuclides, for which he has been internationally honoured.

Dr Phil Smith: Wildlife Notes May 2016

Dark Tussock (Dr Phil Smith)


With small amounts of rain on only nine days during the month, May reinforced a statistically significant trend of lower spring rainfall here since 2000. A recent paper in the International Journal of Climatology confirms this trend for the UK as a whole, linking it to atmospheric pressure changes over Greenland brought about by warming in this part of the Arctic, which then impacts the north Atlantic Jet-stream.

Hugh Harris: Carr Lane Lake, Prescot (SJ460921)

Carr Lane Lake (Hugh Harris)


Biodiverse Society Site Visit 19th May 2016: Carr Lane Lake is a modestly sized Local Wildlife Site near Prescot, Knowsley of 1.02 hectares. It is a wetland with a large area of open water which is unusual in Knowsley and it is fished. The site was cited as an LWS in 1995 for a diversity of 11 habitats, 2 regionally important species of plants and 5 locally rare species. 


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