Hartsholme Country Park overview

Flora and Fauna

Together Hartsholme Country Park and Swanholme Lakes Local Nature Reserve are home to: 285 flowering plants; 28 gymnosperms; 12 ferns; 4 horsetails; 103 species of bird (including 48 breeding species); 4 amphibians; 4 reptiles; 16 mammals; 25 butterflies; 14 dragonflies/damselflies (including 10 breeding); and over 450 fungi.

Hartsholme Country Park is an area of over forty hectares containing a range of habitats including:

  • Semi improved acid grassland
  • Broadleaved plantation woodland
  • Standing open water
  • Amenity grassland

These habitats in turn support many species including nationally rare and endangered ones such as:

  • Song thrush (Turdus philomelos)
  • Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula)
  • Pipistrelle bat (Pipistrellus pipistrellus)

Some of the species found here are particularly important as they are considered rare or uncommon within an urban environment and within the Lincoln area:

  • Red-eyed damselfly (Erythromma najas) 
  • Essex skipper (Thymelicus lineola)  
  • Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) 
Bench under the sun rays in Lady's Walk, Hartsholme Park


You can learn more about the species found in Hartsholme Country Park, and it’s neighbour Swanholme Lakes Local Nature Reserve, at the Visitor Centre.

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