Gibraltar Point

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Gibraltar Point: Within this reserve are the most extensive sand dunes on the Lincolnshire coast, and accretion of wave-built ridges roughly parallel to the coast is still proceeding rapidly. Between the ridges strips of saltmarsh are formed and are eventually reached only by the highest spring tides.


The fauna of the reserve is exceedingly diverse. The open shore - an inhospitable looking habitat - has vast populations of invertebrate animals, such as lugworm, the peppery furrow-shell, the tiny spire shell Hydrobia ulvae, and the little shrimp-like Corophium. On the dunes are insects of many kinds. Resident butterflies include the uncommon green hairstreak, and there are many moths of seaside habitats, such as the coast and sand darts and the scarce pug. Hunting wasps, robber flies and many kinds of spiders add to the variety. Among larger animals, water shrew, harvest mouse and yellow-necked mouse have been recorded, and amphibians are present in the freshwater pools north of Mill Pond Road. The Natterjack toad has recently been successfully re-introduced after an absence of around 80 years.


It is the birds, however, that are the most conspicuous animals of the reserve. The sandy foreshore provides one of the few regular nesting sites on the Lincolnshire coast for the little tern. There are about 50 pairs of ringed plover, and smaller numbers of redshank and shelduck. The marshes and sea buckthorn scrub hold a high breeding population of small passerines


There is a viewing hide at the Mere and two hides at the Fenland Lagoon.

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Visitor Centre

Explore the habitats of the reserve using the interactive and audio-visual displays of the Wild Coast Exhibition, learn more about the environment in the Nature Discovery Room
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The reserve lies between Skegness and the estuary of the River Steeping, which rises in the Wolds as the River Lymn, often known as Wainfleet Haven at this point.

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Never closes

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Free

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Dogs may be taken on short leads to parts of the Reserve but are not permitted on the beach from 1 April to 1 September

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