Blakeney National Nature Reserve

    A view of Blakeney Point landscape, showing the estuary south of the point. The sand flats reach out towards the estuary where boats are anchored and reflect on the water.
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    Wide open spaces and uninterrupted views of the natural and dynamic coastline make for an inspiring visit to Blakeney, at any time of the year. The moving tides, covering pristine saltmarsh or exposing the harbour, combined with the varying light of Norfolk’s big skies, create an ever-changing scene.

    Blakeney Point, within Blakeney National Nature Reserve, is a four-mile-long sand and shingle spit. Sand dunes have formed over hundreds of years on the shingle ridge and form a rare habitat valuable for unusual plants, inscects, birds and seals.

    The surrounding landscape of saltmarsh, mudflats and fresh watermarsh shape the rest of the National Nature Reserve. These differeing habitats host thier own diverse range of special wildlife. The saltmarsh, mudflats, sand dunes and shingle ridge are all in a constant state of flux, adapting to the forces of nature shaping this ever changing coastline.

    Access to the western end of Blakeney point is restricted from April to mid August to help protect the ground nesting birds and from November to mid January during the grey seal pupping season.

    The best way to see the wildlife on Blakeney Point is to enjoy a ferry trip, departing from Morston Quay, some trips offer the chance to land on Blakeney Point and visit the Lifeboat House.

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