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Species could be extinct after flooding according to Skegness nature reserve

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: December 06, 2013

Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve

Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve

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Flood damage to a nature reserve could cause the extinction of local species, its warden says.

Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve in Skegness was flooded at around 7.30pm last night by the worst tidal surge to hit the Lincolnshire coast since 1953.

Warden, Kevin Wilson, said the reserve’s freshwater pools were inundated by salt water and would now be uninhabitable to a variety of species.

He said: “It is going to completely change the ecology of the site.

“The main issue is the salt water impregnation of the fresh water ponds.

“Salt water is a killer to a lot of species that live in fresh water - it will kill frogs, toads, newts , dragonfly larvae - water voles is also a big concern.

“It could cause a local extinction of some species and for other species it could take decades to recover.

“There will be long term effects for the habitats and the species.”

Mr Wilson said the reserve, which also suffered extensive material damage to its visitor centre, is closed until further notice.

He added: “We now have to look at talking to the Environment Agency and draining the water out so we can get operational again.”


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