Coast and Marshes

The coastline of Lincolnshire extends for 105 miles (155km) from Trent Falls in the Humber estuary to the Nene outfall in the Wash. Forty percent of the coastline is still wild and includes four National Nature Reserves.

The Lincolnshire coast isn't just a destination for beach holidays and fun fairs. The coastline includes nationally important habitats including saltmarsh, sand dunes and saline lagoons.

Just inland, the grazing marsh landscape stretches along the coast. Before the 1950s the vast majority of the coastal plain between the sea and the Wolds was used as grazing land. Cattle and sheep were kept in fields surrounded by a network of water-filled ditches. Because the land was not ploughed, historic features were undisturbed and wildlife flourished.  

Please see the 360 image at the bottom of the page for a virtual tour of a coastal grazing marshes landscape.

What's happening

Nature Tourism – Lincolnshire Coast

Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust has worked with Lincolnshire County Council to establish a Coastal Community Team with funding from Department for Communities and Local Government. DCLG encouraged the establishment of ‘Coastal Community Teams’ to enable local communities to come together and develop a common vision and plans for their area.

This team covers the "green" areas of the East Lindsey coast, including Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve, Chapel Point (Lincolnshire Coastal Country Park), Saltfleetby Theddlethorpe Dunes National Nature Reserve and Donna Nook National Nature Reserve. The catalyst for the was the £1.75m government investment from the Coastal Communities Fund to replace Gibraltar Point’s flood-damaged visitor centre and help create a purpose-built marine observatory at Chapel St Leonards.

The team seeks to maximise the benefit of these flagship projects and the “green coast” as a whole, while not damaging the very features of interest. 

The full report is available to read here:  

Lincolnshire Coastal Country Park

The Lincolnshire Coastal Country Park is an initiative led by Lincolnshire County Council. It covers the area between Sandilands and Chapel St Leonards and already contains wildlife-rich areas including five established nature reserves managed by Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust.

The partners in the Coastal Country Park project aim to widen the appreciation of this fantastic environment, provide high quality facilities and countryside access for people and better protection for wildlife.

Lincolnshire Coastal Country Park


The Wash and North Norfolk Marine Partnership

Coastal communities, regulatory authorities and conservation groups (including Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust) are working together to protect the remarkable nature and rich culture of The Wash and North Norfolk coast. 

The Wash and North Norfolk Marine Partnership


Lincolnshire Coastal Grazing Marsh

Thanks to a £857,399 Landscape Partnerships Grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, a three-year partnership-led project to regenerate the Lincolnshire Coastal Grazing Marshes was launched in December 2011. The project focused on three target areas in East Lindsey around Burgh-le-Marsh, Saltfleetby and Huttoft.

The project supported local farmers and landowners in efforts to conserve the remaining traditional grazing marsh by providing access to grants, advice and training. Local communities were also supported through a programme of cultural, educational and access projects. These enabled local people to discover, explore and celebrate the special quality of their own local areas and boost the local economy.

Lincolnshire Coastal Grazing Marshes