Gibraltar Point

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Gibraltar Point
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Gibraltar Point
Gibraltar Point is located in Lincolnshire
Gibraltar Point
Gibraltar Point
Location within Lincolnshire
OS grid referenceTF560580
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
PoliceLincolnshire
FireLincolnshire
AmbulanceEast Midlands
EU ParliamentEast Midlands
UK Parliament
Designated5 March 1993
Reference no.589[1]
List of places
UK
England
Lincolnshire
53°05′47″N 0°19′42″E / 53.09641°N 0.32838°E / 53.09641; 0.32838Coordinates: 53°05′47″N 0°19′42″E / 53.09641°N 0.32838°E / 53.09641; 0.32838

Gibraltar Point national nature reserve is an area of about 4.3 km2 (1.7 sq mi) on the coast of Lincolnshire, England.

The reserve is owned by Lincolnshire County Council and East Lindsey District Council and is administered by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust. The reserve comprises two parallel ridges of sand dunes—the "east dunes" and the "west dunes"—separated by about half a kilometre (550 yards) of salt marsh; and an area on the seaward side with further salt marsh and sand, shingle and muddy beaches. The reserve extends for a distance of about 5 km (3 mi) along the coast, from the southern end of Skegness to the northern corner of The Wash (Gibraltar Point itself is at the southernmost tip, and marks the point where the North Sea coast turns southwest towards Boston). A golf course occupies much of the west dunes (the inland side) at the Skegness end of the area. Gibraltar Point is an area of coastal deposition—at the end of the 18th century the west dunes were by the shore, but they are now a kilometre inland.

In 2016 a new Visitors' Centre opened at the southern end of the reserve. This contains an exhibition about the habitats and wildlife of Gibraltar Point. There are numerous paths around the area, and several artificial lakes and hides. The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust also owns an old farm and land just inshore of the west dunes at the southern end of the reserve, again with an artificial lake and hides. Revenue from car parks assists in the upkeep of the area.

Gibraltar Point is part of the twice daily inshore waters forecast in the extended form of the Shipping Forecast broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

The reserve's importance is recognised by its various designations:

Birdlife[edit]

The reserve is home to a great variety of birdlife, mostly wildfowl, waders and gulls. The geography of the area makes the reserve very popular with migrant birds and many nationally rare species have been recorded such as rustic bunting, iberian chiffchaff, siberian stonechat and subalpine warbler, making it one of the top birding sites in the UK.

Birds breeding at the site include:

The following overwinter:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gibraltar Point". Ramsar Sites Information Service. Retrieved 25 April 2018.

External links[edit]

Lincs Bird Club- Gibraltar Point

Gibraltar Point Bird Observatory Blog