Nature Reserves & Natural Features

Across Lincolnshire there are over 100 nature reserves dedicated to conserving the wildlife and wild places of the county, with habitats ranging from grassland, heathland, scrub and woodland to coastland, marshes and wetlands.


Whether you are a bird watcher, wildlife spotter or just love the space and freedom of the outdoors, you will enjoy Lincolnshire's 50 miles of coastline. A wide variety of species thrive here in their natural habitats - from ospreys, badgers, rare birds and hares to seals and even sharks. A pair of binoculars is a must!

Nature Reserves

Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve covers three miles of coast from Skegness to The Wash and recognised internationally for the important wildlife role it plays. Major habitats include sandy and muddy seashore, sand dunes, saltmarsh and freshwater marsh with ponds and lagoons. The Visitor Centre overlooking the reserve includes the Wild Coast Exhibition, Nature Discovery Centre, gift shop and The Point Café.

England's largest breeding colony of grey seals can be found on the Lincolnshire coast at Donna Nook Nature Reserve, North Somercotes. Every winter from October to December, thousands of seals give birth to their pups near the sand dunes - and with over 1,300 pups born annually, it's a wildlife spectacle that attracts visitors from across the UK.

Bird Watching

RSPB Freiston Shore Nature Reserve near Boston is a fantastic spot for bird watching throughout the seasons. Star species at the reserve include Avocets, Redshanks, Merlins and Brent Geese.

Far Ings National Nature Reserve at Barton Upon Humber was once an area of industrial clay pits, but was reclaimed in the 1980s by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust. Since then, the Trust has developed the reed beds in to a thriving reserve where wildlife such as Bitterns, Kingfisher and Water Voles can be seen. The Visitor Centre has panoramic views over the reserve, interpretive displays and a gift shop.

For more Information

For Lincolnshire nature reserves visit the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
For RSPB reserves in Lincolnshire visit 

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Man Made Features

If you are out and about don't miss some wonderful man made features like the spectacular Humber Bridge, with viewing areas, and the UK's first purpose-built cloud viewing platform nestling amidst the sand dunes at unspoilt Anderby Creek.

How about a beach hut with a difference?

Wander Mablethorpe promenade and the coastline beyond and discover huts redesigned for the 21st century, including a giant gin and tonic! These unique beach huts are the focus of the annual Bathing Beauties Festival each September.


Water has always played a key role in Lincolnshire. For a comprehensive guide to the waterways of Lincolnshire, visit our dedicated page.