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Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe Dunes National Nature Reserve, Saltfleet, Lincolnshire, East Midlands, Britain

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Location Category ID: 3583
Added to Database: 4 October 2009
Last Edited: 4 October 2009
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Opening Times: Accessible at any time
Official Website: Natural England
Other Links: Saltfleeby-Theddlethorpe Dunes NNR Leaflet
Archaeology Data Service - Local Sites of Archaeological Interest
English Nature Leaflet
Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Hackwriters Theddlethorpe
Latitude, Longitude: 53.39599071 , 0.22061974
Location Accuracy: 7
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Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe Dunes National Nature Reserve (NNR) is on the Lincolnshire coast, the site comprising eight km of coastal dunes and foreshore. The site is located on the coastal dunes to the east of the A1031, between Saltfleet and Mablethorpe, and close to Saltfleetby Saint Clement and Theddlethorpe Saint Helen. There are seven car parks offering access to the reserve.
The dunes began forming in the 13th century, and the same processes of wind and tidal action continue dune formation on the site today. The dunes support a variety of flowers and grasses while saltmarsh and freshwater marsh areas are home to a wide variety of insects, amphibians, birds and mammals. Its constantly changing habitats, shaped by the wind and sea, are home to a wealth of plants, birds and insects.
Although this wild area is the result of natural processes, it has been influenced over time by man. The site was purchased by the Air Ministry for use as a bombing range in the 1930s, and the beach was littered with old vehicles which were used as targets. During the Second World War tank traps and pillboxes were built, and the dunes were mined to defend against invasion. In 1969, part of the site was handed over to the Nature Conservancy and declared a National Nature Reserve (NNR). The bombing range eventually moved further north to Donna Nook in 1973.

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September 2007

Danger Zone sign near Theddlethorpe St Helen, photo taken by Stephen Horncastle
1: Danger Zone sign near Theddlethorpe St Helen, photo take...

Taken: 7 September 2007
Contributor: Geograph
Location Photo ID: 159
Added: 4 October 2009
Views: 213
Has Priority: 0
    

 

Pillbox near Saltfleetby St Clement, photo taken by Stephen Horncastle
2: Pillbox near Saltfleetby St Clement, photo taken by Step...

Taken: 7 September 2007
Contributor: Geograph
Location Photo ID: 160
Added: 4 October 2009
Views: 226
Has Priority: 0