Other reserves

Other nature reserves have also been affected by tidal surge.

The Sea Bank Clay Pits

Damage from the 2013 storm surge seems to be confined to sites on the seaward side of the minor road. Huttoft, Sandilands and Chapel Pits appear to be unaffected.

Land on the seaward side of the road may have suffered some minor tidal inundation - these sites are coastal grazing marsh and reedbed, so impacts may not be particularly significant.

The Sea Bank Clay Pits were created following the storm surge of 1953 which destroyed the natural defences of the sandhills. Clay was excavated on the landward side of the Old Sea Bank road for emergency repairs and to form banks behind the new concrete sea defences. This created the sea bank clay pits, which quickly became attractive to wildlife and have been Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust nature reserves since 1959.

Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe Dunes National Nature Reserve

The minor breach of the dunes and subsequent inundation is probably recoverable over time though it may be more significant in terms of natterjack toad population.

The natterjack breeding ponds south of Sea View were inundated. Natterjacks have been found calling in the fields to the landward side of Sea View in previous years, so the natterjack population may not have completely destroyed but the impact is likely to be significant.

Moulton Marsh nature reserve

The tidal surge led to breaches in the bank and the whole area was underwater for at least three weeks. Several sections of the banks around all three lagoons were breached and undermined making them unstable. Hopefully the main two saline lagoons won’t be too negatively affected, but the fruit trees around the edges may not survive the salt water inundation.

The reedbed area in the third lagoon had at least 1.8 metres of water in it for a couple of weeks. As there was no outlet for this water, a channel was dug to help some of this water escape.