Much of the diverse Lincolnshire coastline has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe National Nature Reserve has striking summer displays of sea lavender, while Donna Nook Nature Reserve has one of the UK’s largest and most accessible breeding colonies of grey seals. November and December are the best times to see the seals when Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust wardens organise watching facilities for visitors. Water’s Edge Nature Reserve at Burton on Humber is noted for its hands-on facilities for children to find out more about wildlife.
The 1,300-acre Gibraltar Point wildlife reserve near Skegness is a bird-lover’s paradise and hosts breeding colonies of little terns as well as redshank, lapwing, ringed plover and whitethroat.