Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve
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This location can be found on the following section of the England Coast Path:
Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve Details
Gibraltar Point is a National Nature Reserve just south of Skegness on the Lincolnshire section of the England Coast Path. There are toilets and a cafe in the new Gibraltar Point Visitor Centre. According to the website, the visitor centre is open “10am – 3pm from November to March (4pm weekends), and 10am – 4pm from April to October”. Gibraltar Point is one of only 19 official bird observatories in the UK, and also one of the first to be established back in 1949. These observatories are crucial to monitor the long term health of our bird populations over time.
The main attraction will be the seabirds, with observation possible directly from the visitor centre. You may also be lucky enough to observe some grey seals which frequently rest on the salt marshes. Seabirds you’re likely to see commonly include little terns and skylarks, while in autumn you’l be likely to see flocks of waders. In winter, the scene changes again as you’ll spot overwintering brent geese, shorelark, snow bunting and flocks of redwing and fieldfare.
Dogs are permitted on a lead, but seasonal limitations are in place on the foreshore and these will be clearly marked. The car park costs up to £3 for the entire day, with shorter stays available. There are a number of easy walks from Gibraltar Point, with the free leaflet – Countyside for All Gibraltar Point – providing an outline of these.