The North Norfolk Coast






A designated area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
The North Norfolk coast is indeed an area of beauty, and it is also an area, where not only the beauty of God's creation can be enjoyed, it is an area of special interest on account of the abundance of wildlife. There is a whole range of nature reserves, some of which are listed below:
1. Blakeney Point (National Trust) It is home to a wide range of birds (some 270 species have been noted) and flowering plants, but best known for the seals, which breed here. They may be seen using one of the boat trips run from Morston an from Blakeney
2. Brancatser Marshes(National Trust) an area of salt marsh
3. Cley and Salthouse Marshes (Norfolk Naturalist Trust) is an extensive area of marshes protected by a high pebble defense-bank. It is a centre of observation with communications to 'twitchers' all over the country. Over 330 species of bird having been recorded here. Common attractions are avocet, bittern, common tern and marsh harriers and in winter also Brent geese, widgeon, teal and mallard.
(Read more about the birdlife of this coast)
4. Holkham Beach (Holkham Estate) is an extense of open sandy beach backed with dunes, on which pine trees have been planted to stabilise them. It is another possible site for bird watchers. Behind the pines is an area of salt marshes.
5. Holme Bird Observatory (Norfolk Naturalist Trust) is an area of 90 acres behind the dunes between Thornham and Holme. Members may access by road from Holme. It is frequented by some rare migrant birds
6. Morston Marsh (National Trust). An area of salt-marsh with many saltwater inlets.
7. Sheringham Park (National Trust). This is an extensive area of woodland with many unusual tree species, such as Spanish Chestnut. Rhodadendrons abound. There are many sign-marked walks.
8. Titchwell Marsh Nature Reserve (RSPB) lies between the main A149 and extends out to the dunes and sand-flats. The RSPB have created a whole range of environments which are home to a wide range of bird species