Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust has worked with Lincolnshire County Council (the accountable body) to establish a Coastal Community Team with funding from Department for Communities and Local Government. DCLG is encouraging the establishment of ‘‘Coastal Community Teams” to enable local communities to come together and develop a common vision and plans for their area.
This team covers the “green” areas of the East Lindsey coast, including Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve, Chapel Point (Lincolnshire Coastal Country Park), Saltfleetby Theddlethorpe Dunes National Nature Reserve and Donna Nook National Nature Reserve. The catalyst for the Economic Plan was the £1.75m government investment from the Coastal Communities Fund to replace Gibraltar Point’s flood-damaged visitor centre and help create a purpose-built marine observatory at Chapel St Leonards.
The team seeks to maximise the benefit of these flagship projects and the “green coast” as a whole, while not damaging the very features of interest.
While nature tourism is clearly under-recognised in Lincolnshire, and probably less developed than other nearby coastal counties, considerable interest has been shown by many.