Bird Watching

Thousands of birds call Lincolnshire’s Natural Coast home or a vital stop-over as part of their annual migration. There are a whole series of nature reserves, large and small, the whole length of the coast giving you the best opportunities to see them. Don’t forget your binoculars! Read more here.

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Birds are an important part of this landscape, particularly in winter. Large, exhilarating flocks of pink-footed geese and whooper swan fly over, reminding us of the great rhythms of migration.

Nature Reserves

The birdlife of Lincolnshire’s Natural Coast changes throughout the year according to their annual migrations and breeding cycle. Take a walk or visit one of our reserves to see what you can discover. The reserves offer quite a variety of landscapes: big stretches of open water, salt water and fresh water marshes, dunes and huge beaches, mud flats and reed beds.


Lincolnshire’s Natural Coast hosts two fantastic observatories at Gibraltar Point and Chapel Point. Both have huge windows, viewing terraces and breath-taking views of the sea. These look-out points make a great way to begin or end a bracing walk, rewarding yourself with tea, cake and a comfy seat in the cafe.

Our Birds

Birds seen on Lincolnshire's Natural Coast

Seasonal Visitors

Sanderling (Calidris alba)

December - February

This is the time of year to see birds such as red-throated divers and sea ducks offshore. Large numbers of wildfowl, such as wigeon, teal, geese and whooper swans feed inland and migrate down the coast.

The beach supports flocks of winter waders, such as sanderling and oystercatchers. Observers with a bit more time could explore the beach and dunes for birds such as twite, snow bunting and Lapland bunting.

Least Tern with Chick

March - May

A good time to look for passage waders and wildfowl. Terns can be watched feeding offshore from May onwards.

August - November

The season is dominated by the arrival of migrants. This is a rewarding time of the year to look for seabirds; particularly after strong northerly winds. Look offshore for flocks of teal, wigeon and other wildfowl moving south.

The coastal scrub supports flocks of starlings and wintering thrushes, for example redwing and fieldfare.

MID_5137 Frampton (18)LR


Reserves are at the heart of what RSPB do. Vital to their conservation work and priceless spaces that help everyone get closer to nature.


Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust is dedicated to the conservation of wildlife and wild places throughout the historic county of Lincolnshire. Find out more on how you can help speak up for the wildlife on their site.

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