Sailing boats at sunset%2C Gibraltar Point

A new £1-million building has replaced the former visitor centre at Gibraltar Point in Lincolnshire.

Gibraltar Point is a nature reserve, made up of salt marshes, lagoons, beaches and sand dunes, and groups visiting can enjoy wildlife and birds in abundance.

New visitor centre

The new building has been designed to make the most of the reserve’s views, with expansive windows facing the dunes and sea, and a rooftop viewing deck.

The Gibraltar Point Visitor Centre is open daily from 10am until 4pm, and group can enjoy café facilities as well as information about the reserve and its inhabitants throughout the building. 

Paul Learoyd, chief executive of the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, said: “The new visitor centre is a wonderful gateway to one of the country’s most important nature reserves.

“From the humble beginnings of a simple information kiosk opened in May 1963, we now have a visitor centre with commanding views of the nature reserve and with a number of features that reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions.”

Lincolnshire County Council has developed the new visitor centre in partnership with the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, who will continue to run the site.

Walking at Gibraltar Point

Walking groups who’d like to explore the nature reserve can choose from a number of walks and trails across the different terrains.

The reserve consists of a pair of almost parallel dune systems separated by saltmarsh, with other habitats including sandy and muddy seashore, sand dunes and freshwater marsh with ponds and lagoons.

A network of paths leads visitors around major habitats. Groups can spot birds like avocets and redshanks, and looking out to sea, animals such as common seals and perhaps even harbour porpoises.

Gibraltar Point is three miles south of Skegness and an easy addition to any coach itinerary taking in this part of the country.

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Photo credit: VisitEngland/Visit EastLincolnshire