Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve

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Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve

Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve

Gibraltar Point national nature reserve is an area of approximately 4.3 km2 (1.7 sq miles).The reserve is owned by Lincolnshire County Council and East Lindsey District Council and is administered by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust.
In 2006 a new Visitors' Centre opened at the southern end of the reserve. This contains the Wild Coast Exhibition, an exhibition about the habitats and wildlife of Gibraltar Point including 3D models of sand dunes and salt marshes where visitors can view the burrow of a natterjack toad. The Nature Discovery Room has interactive displays and marine tanks containing animals found in the sea off the Lincolnshire coast.

Situated next to the Visitors' Centre in the old coastguard house and look-out is The Wash Study Centre; this has residential accommodation, a laboratory, classroom and a library. The centre is open to groups from schools, youth groups, colleges, universities, natural history societies and similar organisations.There is a charge for parking at Gibraltar Point.

Revenue from car parks assists in the upkeep of the area. There are numerous paths around the area, and several artificial lakes and hides. The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust also owns an old farm and land just inshore of the west dunes at the southern end of the reserve, again with an artificial lake and hides.Wikipedia
A major wintering site for waders and breeding little tern, and ringed plover pictured,the reserve is also a regular rarity site.

Gibraltar Point Bird Observatory

Gibraltar Point Bird Observatory

Concern about the decline of some of our best known summer migrant birds like turtle dove, spotted flycatcher and cuckoo has highlighted the work of Britain's seventeen bird observatories.

The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust's Observatory at Gibraltar Point, opened in April 1949, was one of the earliest. Years of observation, ringing and examination of birds has provided a wealth of information about their location and movements throughout the seasons, their physical condition and changes in their populations, all information essential for framing and implementing measures for conservation.

Hundreds of thousands of birds of many species fly through or over or make landfall at Gibraltar Point during the course of a year. There are in fact few periods when there are no bird movements or migrations to be expected.

The work of the observatory is carried out voluntarily by local and visiting ornithologists. A dedicated local team is responsible for day-to-day management with the oversight of the Reserve Manager. The observatory fulfils a valuable training role in bird ringing, residential training courses have been held almost annually for several decades. Lincs Wildlife Trust

Bird Observatory Blog

Written by the Bird Observatory Team, the contains news of bird sightings and bird ringing, along with news of other wildlife on the reserve. read more here

Bird photographs from Gibraltar Point
Bird video from Gibraltar point
Gibraltar Point twitter
Gibraltar Point blogs and links
Gibraltar Point local services
Birdwatching walks at Gibraltar Point

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