North Norfolk Coast

Situated north of Norwich at the Norfolk coast, this biosphere reserve includes a wide range of habitats, from intertidal sands and muds, through shingle ridges, to saltwater and freshwater marshes.

The saltmarshes are of great value for breeding and wintering wildfowl and includes a large breeding colony of common seals. Other habitats comprise mires, river valleys, heathlands, chalk and cliff-top grasslands, woodlands and farmland.

Declaration Date: 1976
Surface Area: 8500 ha

Human Activities

Many tourists frequent the area, notably for beach activities and birdwatching. There arises some pressure on specific sites due to these activities. Other activities within the biosphere reserve are the cultivation of mainly cereals and sugar beet, grazing and harvesting mussels, cockles, shrimps, crabs, and bait as well as some commercial shorenetting. Educational visits of school children and students take place and there are a number of interpretive and field centers in the area. Research covers a full range of biological sciences (and especially ornithology), and also relates to the geomorphology of coastal processes.

Ecological Characteristics

Situated north of Norwich at the Norfolk coast, this biosphere reserve includes a wide range of habitats, from intertidal sands and muds, through shingle ridges, to saltwater and freshwater marshes.

The saltmarshes are of great value for breeding and wintering wildfowl and includes a large breeding colony of common seals. Other habitats comprise mires, river valleys, heathlands, chalk and cliff-top grasslands, woodlands and farmland.

Protection Classifications

National:

  • National Nature Reserve
  • Site of Special Scientific Interest
  • Part of Wester Ross National Scenic Area

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                                                                              Last updated: August 2012

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