Gibraltar Point is undoubtedly one of the premier birding sites in the County with a long and enviable track record of excellent birds at any time of the year.
Managed by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, it is also a Bird Observatory and ringing is undertaken every day, mostly from the observatory building in the East Dunes.
- Cafe / Tea Room
- Baby Facilities
- Gift Shop
- Gateway Site
Visitor centre and cafe
Reserve and wildlife enquiries
Dogs must be kept on a short lead at all times, including on the beach and foreshore between September and March. No dogs are permitted on the beach or foreshore between 1 April to 1 September.
Dogs are allowed on the outside veranda of the Visitor Centre, but only guide dogs are permitted inside the Visitor Centre.
The reserve is open at all times.
entry & prices
Ticket machines accept coins only.
Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
The trust is an incredible local wildlife conservation charity looking after nearly 100 nature reserves and helping to give wildlife a voice, and inspiring people of all ages to take action for wildlife.
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what species and habitats can you find?
Gibraltar Point is home to a wide mix of habitats, along with its geographic location, combine to make Gibraltar Point an excellent place for birds. Nearly 340 species have been recorded on the reserve.
Habitats include intertidal mudflats, beach, sea, dunes, saltmarsh, scrub, woodland, freshwater, brackish water and grazing marsh – all in close proximity. Alongside this, migrant birds coming over from the continent or migrating down the east coast are naturally funnelled down the coast until they hit the point. This natural concentration means that Gibraltar Point has recorded a huge number of rare and scarce birds over the years.
Corn bunting, wild geese, hen harrier, merlin, short-eared owl, divers and eider on the sea, snow bunting, winter wildfowl, jack snipe.
Wheatear, black redstart, yellow wagtail, marsh harrier, firecrest, sandwich tern, little ringed plover.
Spoonbill, great white egret, little egret, water rail, meadow pipit,
Ruff, spotted redshank, greenshank, bearded tit, little stint, curlew sandpiper, hobby, pink-footed goose, whooper swan, pintail, stonechat, black-tailed godwit, avocet, wood sandpiper, sand martin.
plan your visit to Gibraltar Point
useful hints and tips
A sightings board is updated daily and a birding guide to Gibraltar Point is available at the Visitor Centre.
End the day at the Wash View Point for views of birds of prey such as harriers and merlin.
Mill Hill, east of the north car park, is the highest point on the reserve and excellent for visible migration and sea-watching.
The freshwater marsh has several hides and can be excellent for a range of wildfowl and waders.
The plantation is an excellent spot to look for small migrants and includes a bird feeding station.
Gibraltar Point has a Visitor Centre, toilets (including disabled), baby changing facilities, café and shop.