Wildlife on West Common

  Though perhaps best known for its racecourse, sports pitches, or as a scenic viewpoint for Lincoln Cathedral, West Common’s more discreet assets are perhaps more valued by wildlife enthusiasts. The heritage of the common is closely entwined with the city of Lincoln’s industrial history which, in the early 20th century, specialised in the manufacturing of…

A morning walk on the Witham

  If you are to believe the pseudoscientific hypotheses put forward by psychologists from articles such as this one, you might be led to believe that spending the morning in bed makes you more intelligent than someone who rises early. While it may be sweet of these writers to try and comfort us, providing some justification…

Dusk on the Foss Dyke

  If you turn off Carholme road onto Harvey Street, Westfield Street, or any of the other residential lanes that lead off in that direction, a thirty second stroll will bring you away from the drone of Lincoln’s traffic nightmare-realm and onto Foss Bank, beside Foss Dyke navigation. Follow the Foss Dyke long enough, and…

The Life of Kanye: A responsible idea

  Most agree that with age comes responsibility and university offers this responsibility in abundance. Be it the balance of work and inebriation or learning and often failing to budget, there is often little time left to actually enjoy responsibility. How could you possibly enjoy responsibility you ask? It’s simple. Invest in a goldfish. Initially…

Waterways and learning not to squander your city

  Featured Image: Shropshire Union Canal at Croughton Cheshire. Terry Kearney, Flickr. Link It’s now quite common to hear people complain about city living, to bemoan the ugliness of high-rise architecture and lament life amongst undesirable townsfolk. Just last week I was speaking to a man (who will remain unnamed) who “sympathised” with me for living…

As spring looms

  As winter loses its grip, spring begins to dawn and many animals emerge from their winter slumber. So as you walk along the Brayford, here are three types of spring wildlife to watch out for!   Spawn everywhere! At night you may hear the serenade of frogs and toads looking for love. These hardy…

With the swans on Brayford Pool: England’s oldest inland harbour

By Alex The original name for Lincoln was “Lindon”, and since “Lin” means “pool” and “don” means “at the foot of a hill”, the city wouldn’t be what we know it as today without this historic waterfront. The story of the Brayford begins in earnest in 48AD. Lindon, an inland port town, grew after the…

Riseholme: Lincoln’s Agricultural Hub

  The future of Lincolnshire’s farming lies in their hands… Featured image: Ducks wander on a frozen lake at the Riseholme campus. Claire Brownlow. Flickr. Link Those who have lived in Lincoln for many years will probably recognise the name “Lincolnshire School of Agriculture” better than the eponymous name we see today. However, Riseholme is…