Natural England - Gibraltar Point NNR

Gibraltar Point NNR

The NNR forms the north-eastern extremity and entrance to the Wash estuary and has been built by complex tidal and geomorphological processes. Most of the reserve is intertidal flats and saltmarsh. There are areas of freshwater marsh and man-made fresh and salty water meres. Large numbers of migrant and overwintering birds visit the NNR.

Gibraltar Point NNR

County: Lincolnshire

Main habitats: Coastal

Area: 429 Ha

Although most NNRs are managed by Natural England, 88 are wholly or partly managed by other bodies approved by Council, under Section 35 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

Gibraltar Point NNR is owned and managed by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust.external link

Location and access

The reserve is situated one and a half miles south of Skegness, Lincolnshire, and is signposted from Skegness town centre. There are two car parks on the reserve, one at the south end, by the visitor centre, and another at the north end. There are buses and trains which run to Skegness, although nothing passes the reserve. The site can be enjoyed at anytime of year.


Toilets and refreshment facilities can be found at the field centre. Disabled access is available with suitably surfaced tracks, viewing platform and access to the birdwatching hide and visitor centre. There is an interpretation centre, bird ringing observatory and a field station for education and research. Two birdwatching hides are available on the reserve, and also a nature trail, just over 1 km long, with a shorter loop. A trail guide is available for the reserve, with several panels and trail guide markers.

Management - the key to sustainablility

Habitat management consists mainly of mowing and grazing the fresh water marsh and dunes, control of sea buckthorn and rabbits and maintenance of ditches and areas of water.