The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust has launched an appeal for donations to help it repair the extensive damage at its three coastal nature reserves - including Gibraltar Point near Skegness.
It launched the Coastal Flood Appeal earlier this week in a bid to generate vital cash for urgent repairs.
Gibraltar Point was badly hit. Water levels within the visitor centre, which sits higher than the surrounding land, were two feet deep. The so-called Gibraltar Point ‘hump’ that cars drive over immediately before reaching the visitor centre was overtopped by the storm surge waves, and huge swathes of freshwater habitat were flooded up to the depth of a metre.
“The east coast took a battering on the evening of December 5 when a tidal surge two metres above normal levels flooded coastal nature reserves,” said a spokesperson for the trust.
“Some of our best loved nature reserves; Donna Nook, Gibraltar Point and Far Ings, were severely affected. Freshwater habitats were inundated with salty seawater.
“The long term impact is difficult to predict but water voles, freshwater fish, frogs and wildflowers such as orchids aren’t adapted to survive in the salty conditions they may now be in.
“The tidal surge also damaged paths, tracks, gates, fencing, noticeboards and information huts. The two visitor centres at Gibraltar Point and Far Ings were flooded.
“As well as these three large reserves, nature reserves in the south bank of the Humber SSSI and on the edge of the Wash were also affected.
“Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust hasn’t experienced anything on this scale before. Though we have insurance for some of our losses we need support to ensure we can restore these places for wildlife and for people to enjoy.
“With your support and the the help of our dedicated staff and volunteers, we can repair the damage and help habitats recover.
“Please give what you can to help our coastal reserves flourish once again,” they added.
Go to http://lincstrust.org.uk/support/donate.php for details of how to donate.