Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve
Know before you go
Parking informationThere is a car parking charge of £1 for 2 hours or £3 for all day, seasonal passes are available
Grazing animalsCattle and sheep
Several waymarked routes available
Most paths are level and well surfaced but may be muddy at times, some hides are accessible for wheelchairs
When to visit
Opening timesReserve open at all times
Visitor Centre open 10am - 3pm November to March (4pm weekends), 10am - 4pm April to October
Please note, during very bad weather, the Visitor Centre and cafe may close early
Best time to visitJanuary to December
About the reserve
Gibraltar Point is a dynamic stretch of unspoilt coastline running southwards from the edge of Skegness to the mouth of the Wash. Covering 1,100 acres of pristine coastline and recognised as an area of international importance, the reserve extends about three miles along the Lincolnshire coast from Skegness to the entrance of the Wash. Sandy and muddy seashore, sand dunes, saltmarsh and freshwater marsh with ponds and lagoons are home to a rich assemblage of coastal wildflowers and many birds. The Visitor Centre includes a cafe and gift shop, also residential field centre and bird hides.
In spring, the first of the migrants stop off to refuel or establish territories. In summer, little terns may be seen fishing in the shallows and skylarks are in full song above the purple haze of the saltmarshes. In autumn, huge whirling flocks of waders can be seen on the high tides. And in winter, wildfowl include brent geese, shelduck, wigeon and teal, with birds of prey including hen harrier, merlin and owls. Visinle migration can be impressive during spring and autumn.
Please visit our main Gibraltar Point page for further information.
Location: Gibraltar Point is about 3 miles south of Skegness - follow the brown tourist signs. The nearest bus and train stations are in Skegness. It is possible to arrange a bus to Gibraltar Point using the CallConnect service.