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Birds you can see here include:
Feral Pigeon, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Great Cormorant, Common Redshank, Common Greenshank, Dunlin, Red Knot, Eurasian Oystercatcher, Common Kestrel, Wagtail, Little Grebe, Moorhen, Mallard, Common Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper
over the sea bank As above plus Little Egret
History and Use
An RSPB managed re-alignment area with farmland now reverting back to salt-marsh on part of the reserve. A seawall was built by prisoners from the nearby North Sea Camp open prison in the 1930's for this newly created hinterland to be used for agricultural crops eventually to be harvested for HM prison use throughout the UK. This new sea bank was found to be constantly in need of repair and in the 1990's a plan was drawn up with the co-operation of the Environment agency and the RSPB amongst others that this new sea wall was to be breached in three places. Before this could take place yet another sea wall was to be built further inland as a defence against sea encroachment. Excavation for this new sea wall created also the present lagoon, an ideal spot to watch ducks, geese and waders etc. The outer sea wall was then breached and within the space of a couple of years rapidly reverted to salt marsh and provided also an extra buffer zone for sea defence.
The lagoon is now complete with one hide halfway along the footpath to the salt-marsh. You can easily walk to the salt-marsh itself, and from the bank top see an area of usually wet grassland. There are also walks along the concrete pathway next to the old sea bank which borders part of the western side of the reserve.
Access and Facilities
The site is close to Boston Lincs and has a good sized car park.
A long footpath (1km?) runs from the carpark to the sea bank, enclosed by a thick hawthorn hedge and a bank. This allows visitors to gain access to the Lagoon hide and the sea bank without disturbing any of the wild life.
You can circumnavgate the lagoon via the seabank footpath. On a clear day a top the bank provides very good views of the Wash, and if your into the noiser flying things then the f15 and usual brit stuff using the ranges can be seen [mostly weekdays only!]
The hide is your standard unit with one disable access viewing point. It situated mid way up the lagoon, which at high tides offers views second to none.
There's a couple of nice pubs and a campsite within a couple or three miles.
Grid reference: TF398425
Tel: 01205 724678 (RSPB)
Content and images originally posted by paulsullivan