Gibraltar Point Observatory

From the edge of Skegness to the mouth of The Wash this reserve is noted for the sheer scale and diversity of its wildlife. Started in 1949 ‘Gib’ as it is affectionately known was one of the earliest of Britain’s official Bird Observatories.

Access Point: Gibraltar Road, Skegness, Lincolnshire, PE24 4SU


Visit in different seasons to experience what it has to offer. Migrating birds will use Gibraltar Point as a vital re-fuelling stop in spring whilst others will stay to breed. Summer sees little terns and skylarks whilst autumn brings huge whirling flocks of waders and in winter brent geese, snow bunting, redwing and fieldfare.

MID_8740 Gib point (89)
MID_8740 Gib point (70)

What you will see

Wide open marshland, dunes and ponds with views of the sea. Extensive network of trails of varying lengths. Most paths around the reserve are accessible for wheelchairs, pushchairs and mobility scooters.

Eating Here

Rebuilt after catastrophic flooding in 2013 both the café and visitor centre are fully accessible for wheelchairs. The new facility is raised on stilts to protect it from any future flooding and the viewing deck gives great views over the site. Café very popular whether you’re eating inside or out.

MID_8740 Gib point (15)
MID_8740 Gib point (18)

Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust have a programme of events for all ages. Their kids events are rightly popular, but look out for opportunities to volunteer or learn a new skill such as bird ringing.

Other Observatories

North Sea Observatory at Chapel Point was completed in 2018 and also provides a great café and lovely views from inside or from the viewing terrace.

MID_7185 Chapel NSO (51)
MID_7757 Theddlethorpe Dunes (52)

Nearby Walks

Numerous footpaths to follow through the sand, saltmarsh and dunes – perhaps call in at a bird hide along the way. Download the maps before you go.

Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve

Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust’s flagship reserve on Lincolnshire’s Natural Coast

North Sea Observatory

Bird Watching

Beach Picnics