A Community Project
What would you like to see developed? Your input on the use of this community area is valued! Let us know what you would like to see here!
Or you could lend a helping hand. As a volunteer, you can give as much or as little time as you can spare. Currently, we are at the planning stage - we would like you to have a say in how the area is used in the future.
If you have any enquiries please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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or call: (01427) 612 936
We will get back to you as soon as we can.
Our meetings are normally held at:
Mercer Wood Academy (formally North county)
Ropery Road, Gainsborough by kind permission of the head teacher.
For details of our meetings please check our Events page.
The woodland is known as Mercer or Mercer's Wood. It has sadly become overgrown and uncared for, but is nevertheless a much used community open space.
In 2010, local residents formed the Mercer Wood Community Group. Their vision is to manage the area as an amenity for all to enjoy, developing possibly a community garden and orchard, a small nature reserve or a country park to conserve what is already there.
Eight whooper swans flew low over the trees of Mercers Wood, heading across the river towards Beckingham.
Quite exciting on the riverside yesterday afternoon when a Red Kite was circling around the allotments next to Mercers Wood. It then flew over the wood itself and out of sight. The RSPB have been attempting to reintroduce Red Kites to the Midlands area in recent years, with one release site in Nottinghamshire. A KiteRead more about Red Kite over Mercers Wood[…]
Such an exciting night – Mercer Wood won the Community Award – AND was judged the overall award winner ! Thank you everyone for all the vision and hard work – so delighted it has received recognition ! From the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust website: Mercer Wood Community Group has been named overall winner and bestRead more about Lincolnshire Environmental Awards 2019[…]
A three hour walk around Mercers Wood and along the riverside this morning ended with 47 species being noted. It started well at the Mercer Street entrance to the wood when 2 Canada Geese flew low overhead, while at the wood’s edge was a female Great-spotted Woodpecker. In the wood itself there were Blue Tit,Read more about A good day for seeing birds[…]
Lots of birds in Mercers Wood right now. Spent a hour mooching around the wood and river bank this morning and saw 29 species – Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Robin, Starling, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Wren, Dunnock, House Sparrow, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Magpie, plusRead more about Latest sightings[…]
Spring is now here, and the birds are active in Mercers Wood. Blackbirds, Song Thrushes, Mistle Thrushes, Robins, Wrens and Chaffinches can be heard singing. A pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers (male and female) have taken up residence in the wood. I have seen one or both frequently since the last week of January. Let’sRead more about Latest sightings in Mercers Wood[…]
Some interesting sightings on the riverside by Mercers Wood this month. A Little Egret flew overhead on the 9th (heading in the direction of Beckingham Marsh). 12 Redwings (first of the winter thrushes) were on the riverside on the 19th. Our local Peregrine was seen again on the 21st, while on the same day thereRead more about Sightings by Mercers Wood in October[…]
A huge amount of hawthorn and other berries is making Mercers Wood look very autumnal now. There was a large group (a dozen or more) of Long-tailed Tits in the wood this morning. A male Merlin was seen hunting on the riverside not far from the wood. A female has spent the winter in thisRead more about Autumnal in the Wood[…]
Lots of dragonflies are now appearing on the riverside – blue and black bodied male Hawkers, green and black bodied female Hawkers, bright red bodied Common Darters.
We’re well into August now and birds are starting to become active again. Lots of activity going on in Mercers Wood, with plenty of birds, butterflies and other insects. Just outside the wood, on the riverside, I caught a brief glimpse of a dragonfly. Too brief to tell which species it was (brown body, soRead more about Bird Blitz on Field Lane[…]