Sandilands in Lincolnshire; our first coastal land in the Midlands

A drone image of the Sandilands golf course, showing the golf course from above on the left and the beach it neighbours on the right, stretching off into the distance.

We’re very excited to announce that the National Trust has acquired our first coastal land in the Midlands, located between Sutton on Sea and Chapel St Leonards in Lincolnshire.

The former golf course at Sandilands will become a new nature reserve forming part of the Lincolnshire Coastal Country Park (consisting of 3,500 hectres), where we will both protect wildlife and create an all-year-round nature experience for you to enjoy.

Gorse bushes pop with colour at Sandilands
Yellow gorse flowers at Sandilands in Lincolnshire
Gorse bushes pop with colour at Sandilands

We want the future reserve to provide a space where everyone can enjoy the benefits of nature. Where in summer, you can be captivated by the colourful blooms of yellow flag iris and purple loosestrife, and hear the calling squadrons of avocet.

In winter, you’ll be able to admire the grace of a whooper swans’ flight as they arrive from their summer breeding grounds in the sub-arctic.

Yellow flag iris
Yellow flag iris
Yellow flag iris

We are celebrating the National Trust’s 125th anniversary this year, and as part of this landmark milestone we are stepping up our commitment to protecting nature and tackling climate change. We all need nature now more than ever, and this new nature reserve at Sandilands will play an important part in helping to reverse the decline in wildlife.

We will be creating new homes for a variety of wildlife including breeding birds like snipes, lapwings and oystercatchers, unusual migratory birds such as black-tailed godwits, and also rare spotted redshanks and spoonbills.

Lapwing
Lapwing
Lapwing

Our exciting new plans are all being made possible thanks to one supporter’s generous donation, who especially asked for the money to be invested in Lincolnshire; along with funds from the National Trust’s Neptune Coastline Campaign – which is our longest running appeal to support coastline projects.

The former golf course, that will become a new nature reserve, borders the beautiful Sandilands beach
A grassy bank is pictured which leads to the nearby Sandilands beach, which borders the former gold course that will become a new nature reserve.
The former golf course, that will become a new nature reserve, borders the beautiful Sandilands beach

To bring this vison to life, we are working in close partnership with Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, Lincolnshire County Council, East Lindsey District Council and the Environment Agency.

Gorse bushes pop with colour at Sandilands
Yellow gorse flowers at Sandilands in Lincolnshire
Gorse bushes pop with colour at Sandilands

Most of our work can't start on site yet, as we are adhering to current Govenment guidelines, so watch this space for the latest developments and be sure to check out our social media channels @NTSandilands.