Boston West embraces the opportunity to provide a multitude of habitats amongst the manicured turf, perfectly demonstrating how golf courses and natural habitats can thrive together. An ecologist who once described Boston West as “An Oasis Within An Agricultural Desert”.
Thousands of trees and woody shrubs have been planted providing cover for some of the 101 species of birds including; Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Long Tailed Tits. Butterflies inhabit the woodland margins and Muntjac Deer have made Boston West their home.
Many log piles provide habitat for invertebrates and three and a half kilometres of Hawthorn hedgerow has also been reinstated for Yellowhammers and the RSPB “Red Listed” Tree Sparrow.
Water features come into play on several holes and provide a home for Frogs, Toads and Newts, as well as several species of waterbirds including Tufted Ducks that nested successfully in 2013. Where practical, the growth of Common Reed is encouraged to provide a nesting habitat for returning migrant Reed Warblers in the summer.
Several Wildflower species have been successfully introduced to provide a vital nectar source for many of our pollinating insects. Boston West has recently become an “Operation Pollinator” committed to helping the plight of the Bee.
There are 109 nest boxes throughout the course for Blue and Great tits, Tree Sparrows, Tawny Owl, Kestrel and also a Barn Owl Tower has been built from reclaimed bricks.
Insect hotels made from reclaimed building materials and living fences made from tree prunings are just two of the many more habitats that have been created.
Boston West is also a registered bird ringing and nest recording site providing vital scientific information for the BTO (British Trust for Ornithology). Around 1000 birds of 39 species have been ringed to date.
In summary, Boston West is a great Environment and we should remember that all this fantastic wildlife has been attracted here “because” of the golf course and not “despite” the golf course. Golf and nature truly are living in harmony.