Visiting the Lincolnshire coast

The Lincolnshire coast is a largely flat coastal plain consisting of long sandy beaches, sand dunes, saltmarsh and brackish lagoons, supporting many national and internationally important species. 

National Nature Reserves

England’s National Nature Reserves (NNRs) represent many of the finest wildlife and geological sites in the country. From the Humber to The Wash there are five NNRs with some of our most pristine habitats and our rarest species.

  • Far Ings National Nature Reserve - a series of former clay pits that have been flooded to create reed beds. As well as reedbeds the reserve contains a mosaic of rough grassland and scrub, open water and wetland habitats.
  • Donna Nook National Nature Reserve - extensive dunes and shore between North Somercotes and Saltfleet. Famous for the breeding colony of grey seals but also home to many other rare and important wildlife species.
  • Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe Dunes National Nature Reserve - stretching for 8 km along the north-east coast of Lincolnshire, the reserve's constantly changing habitats include saltmarsh, foreshore and embryonic dunes on the seaward side and the more stable established dunes and marsh on the landward side.
  • Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve - 1,000 acres of dune scrub and grassland, shore and saltmarsh with a rich assemblage of coastal wildflowers and many breeding and over-wintering birds.
  • The Wash - a mix of open deep water, permanent shallow water, mudflats and saltmarsh, representing one of Britain’s most important winter feeding areas for waders and wildfowl.

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