Gibraltar Point: the deserted coast of Lincolnshire

 

On Lincolnshire’s east coast exists an area of over 1,000 hectares of what is essentially untouched land, resulting in one of the most diverse regions of land in England.

Gibraltar Point, so-called because it was initially – and wrongly – thought to share its longitude with the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar, is made up of an abundance of forms of landscape, as well as hundreds of species of birds and other creatures.

Despite being located just three miles away from Skegness – a seaside town famed for its Butlins more than its birds – the area is devoid of humans, apart from its day visitors.

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Previously, however, the area – a designated special protection area under EU instruction – had accommodated a visitor centre, but this was washed away in December 2013 when a storm hit the reserve, flooding its banks in doing so.

This has since been replaced by a temporary hut, which will exist until a replacement building is constructed.

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Intriguingly, the area’s wildlife was largely unaffected by this occurrence, primarily because most of its residents are species adapted to be able to live in wet environments. Waders, for instance, can spend a lot of time in water because of their long legs.

On my visit to the reserve, skylarks were present, identifiable by their distinct style of singing. Their presence in the county is not limited to Gibraltar Point, as mentioned in my previous article.

Seals, shrews, and voles are other creatures that share the area, as well as a number of insects.

Among these are brown-tailed moth caterpillars, which are particularly prevalent in the expanse at the moment. These tend to be found in scrubs or bushes, and are likely to cause skin irritation to humans if touched. Consequently, warnings have been issued to visitors.

Perhaps the most striking of Gibraltar Point’s features, however, is the meeting point of the North Sea and The Wash Estuary.

This is accessible by foot, and can be found near the end of the area’s beach.

Article by Robin

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