New Lincolnshire Coast website

Whether you are a regular Lincolnshire coast visitor or you have not yet discovered its many attractions, you might like to bookmark a new website called Visit Lincs Coast. It’s early days yet, but there are already some compelling pages covering a wide variety of interests, from classic seaside days out to natural habitats and outstanding natural beauty.

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Kinema development plans approved

East Lindsey District Council has granted the Kinema in the Woods planning permission to build a third auditorium next to the existing cinema, which is in  the Woodhall Conservation Area, and to create a new car park. The decision is subject to conditions, some of which reflect the concerns of nearby residents and other interested parties such as Lincolnshire County Council (Highways, Environment & Economy, Countryside Access) and Woodhall Spa Parish Council.

The long list of conditions includes prior approval of a Tree Protection Plan, details of external materials, surface and foul water disposal plans, proposals for the provision of bird nest features and bat boxes, cycle parking plans and details of doors and windows. The planned car park must be completed before building work starts, and no trees or shrubs may be felled between February and July. The development must be begun not later than the expiration of three years beginning with the date of the permission, 06/03/2018.       Continue reading

Visit the grey seals at Donna Nook

For the past few weeks, hundreds of grey seals have been “hauling up” on the dunes at Donna Nook, near North Somercotes, as they do every year at this time. If you want to see them with their newborn, now’s the time to make the trip – they will be going back to sea as soon as their newborn are ready.

Donna Nook Nature Reserve is managed by the Lincolnshire Wildlife trust, whose volunteers are on hand to answer questions and make sure that both seals and humans are kept safe. You will need to travel by road – there is a car park.

This is as close as most people ever get to grey seals in the wild, but you must respect the trust’s guidelines:

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Freiston Shore RSPB reserve

If you are even a little bit interested in bird watching, then the RSPB  reserve at Freiston Shore is well worth a visit, even in winter when brent geese congregate along with ducks such as wigeons, pintails, teals and shelducks. You can spot tree sparrows, yellowhammers and skylarks all year round and in summer you might see nesting wading birds, including avocets and ringed plovers.

You don’t have to be an RSPB member of course, and the reserve is within easy travelling distance from Woodhall Spa – see the map below. The nearest town is Boston and the reserve is only four miles away. There are two car parks and four bicycle storage racks on site.  Dogs are allowed on the designated footpaths and there are no entrance charges. Remember to take you binoculars! Here are some suggestions for a trip at this time of year: Continue reading

Fungi spotting around Woodhall Spa

The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust’s Horncastle and Woodhall Spa Area Group are organising a Fungi Spotting Walk, scheduled for Sunday 30th October, starting at 10am in the Woodhall Country Park, on Stixwould Road. The walk is free, and should take about two hours or more. Check here for updates to the event date – subject to the summer weather bringing forward the fungi season. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the weather on the day.

“Come along and learn more about fascinating fungi. Please note that specimens will only be taken for further identification, none will be gathered for consumption!”

Gibraltar Point Centre and Gunby Hall

Full marks to the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust for the splendid new visitor centre at Gibraltar Point which opened earlier this summer. The spectacular new £1m building replaces the former centre, which suffered extensive flood damage during the storm surge in December 2013. The trust is taking no chances this time – the building is raised on stilts to protect it from any future flooding.

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Learn about the bats at Tattershall Church

From John Dudley:

HOLY TRINITY CHURCH, TATTERSHALL
Bat Talk and Watch

See the bats as they emerge from their daytime roost on 26th August 2016, from 7.00pm until 9.00pm (-ish). BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL AS NUMBERS ARE LIMITED.
Cost: £2.00 per adult, £1.00 per child. Family Ticket (2 Adults & 3 children) £5.00. Light refreshments will be available for purchase
Contact: Ian Nixon: 01205 723342 or 07833 674500
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