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Celebrate Nature Reserves Week by exploring the beautiful landscape that’s on your doorstep

10:29 am, Monday, 20th May 2024 - 3 weeks ago


If you haven’t yet done so, then why not take some time to explore the first in the new King’s Series of National Nature Reserves, which cover more than 30km of the Lincolnshire coastline, beginning in Cleethorpes.

From today, May 20-31 is Natural England’s National Nature Reserves Week, which dedicates 12 days to the celebration of the beauty and variety of English landscapes and the wildlife they support.

The Lincolnshire Coronation Coast National Nature Reserve (LCCNNR) is a special landscape covering an area equivalent to 4,000 football pitches, and containing a rich variety of sand dunes, salt marshes, mudflats and freshwater marshes which are of international importance. 

It begins behind Cleethorpes Leisure Centre, and brings together North East Lincolnshire’s  own local nature reserve, which is already recognised as a wildlife haven of international importance with SSSI/SPA/SAC status, with the existing Donna Nook and Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe Dunes National Nature Reserves.

This is all land that is managed for nature conservation, supporting many breeding and over-wintering birds, natterjack toads, special plants and insects. The new site is the ninth largest National Nature Reserve of the 220 sites in England. 

National Nature Reserve status is only given to the very best nature conservation sites in England and is recognition that the land is nationally important and will be managed in perpetuity for its wildlife and geology.

Many National Nature Reserves are managed – like the LCCNNR – by multiple parties who are committed to working together towards a shared future vision for the nature reserve. Here the partners include Lincolnshire County Council, North East Lincolnshire Council, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, Natural England, the Ministry of Defence, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and the Environment Agency.

To mark National Nature Reserve Week, on Wednesday May 29 visitors to Tetney Marshes can learn from the RSPB all about the Lincolnshire Coronation Coast National Nature Reserve and Tetney Marshes, and hear about the importance of this rich and diverse landscape and its wealth of flora and fauna. You can also hear how the RSPB is working alongside partners to connect our natural spaces, helping wildlife to survive and thrive on the Humber Estuary and beyond.

This free event starts at 10am until 12pm, meeting at 9.45am at the car park (on the Humberston Fitties side of Tetney).  If you use what3words it can be located here:- raves.unable.daily

Be prepared for changing weather conditions and please be aware that this is not suitable for people with limited or seated mobility. Contact [email protected] or call 01405 704665 for further information.

See Humber Nature Partnership’s newest episode of iSpy Humber here. This project would not have been possible without Associated British Ports community chest funding, which allowed HNP to purchase multiple camera traps to capture on film the hidden wildlife around the Humber Estuary.

Main Picture: Oyster Catchers on the Lincolnshire coastline.

Picture 2: Tetney Marshes

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