Scientific Interest at Swanholme Lakes SSSI
Swanholme Nature Reserve is an important wildlife site for Lincoln and was designated a Site of Specific Scientific Interest (SSSI) in 1985, and a Local Nature Reserve status was granted in 1991. The site was formally a gravel quarry, and now the 63-hectare site consists of dry heath, wet heath, sphagnum bog and open water habitats.
Important species for the site include several pondweeds Potamogenton spp. and water soldier Stratiotes aloides.
The lakes are also home to a number of invertebrate species including 16 breeding species of dragonflies and damselflies, three species found there are – red-eyed damselfly Erythromma najas, variable damselfly Coenagrion pulchellum, and ruddy darter Sympetrum sanguineum, all of which are rare in Natural England.
They advise landowners on management issues, and conservation advisers work with park rangers to achieve the best possible conservation management of Swanholme Lakes Local Nature Reserve. All advice is based on the specific conservation objectives for the site.