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!
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.
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.
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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.
Flowing for 36 miles through quiet, flat Lincolnshire countryside, the River Witham has been navigated since Roman times and links historic Lincoln and Boston. With very few locks and only isolated settlements, this is a river for those who want to get away from it all. Moor up along the way and visit Fiskerton Fen Nature Reserve.
The Fossdyke Navigation, thought to be Britain's oldest canal, flows for 11 miles from the River Trent, passing through Torksey Lock with its lock side tea rooms and interpretation centre, to the Brayford Pool at Lincoln.
Pleasure boaters or day-trippers can also enjoy the relaxation of a peaceful cruise on Lincolnshire waterways - whether piloting yourself or jumping on a passenger cruiser.