Brettenham Heath National Nature Reserve



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Brettenham Heath NNR comprises three main habitat types: acid grassland, chalk grassland and heather heathland. Woodlands of silver birch, oak and Scot’s pine form part of the boundary. Over 240 plant species have been recorded at Brettenham Heath, including three nationally rare plants: fine-leaved sandwort, mossy stonecrop and maiden pink. Rabbits are very common, and essential for heathland grazing. They are predated on by foxes and stoats. Red deer are common, and muntjac and roe are quite often seen. Brown hares are seen frequently, particularly between February and June. Typical heathland birds found on Brettenham Heath include woodlark, curlew and redstart, and skylark breed every year. Buzzards are often seen, and the churring call of the nocturnal nightjar has been recorded. Insects on the heath include a number of particularly rare species such as the brush-thighed seed-eating beetle, the lunar yellow underwing moth and the day-flying forester moth.

Brettenham Heath National Nature Reserve


About the area

Discover Norfolk

The North Norfolk Coast is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and probably the finest of its kind in Europe. Here you’ll find a string of quaint villages and small towns – Holkham, Wells-next-the-Sea and Cley next the Sea are 21st-century favourites, while Sheringham and Cromer are classic examples of a good old-fashioned seaside resort where grand Victorian hotels look out to sea. Further round the coast you'll find Great Yarmouth, one of the most popular resorts in the UK and packed full of amusements, shops and seashore entertainment. And let's not forget Norwich, the region's only city.

Norfolk prides itself on its wealth of historic houses, the most famous being Sandringham, where Her Majesty the Queen and her family spend Christmas. Many of Norfolk’s towns have a particular charm and a strong sense of community. The quiet market towns of Fakenham and Swaffham are prime examples, as well as Thetford, with its popular museum focusing on the TV comedy series Dad’s Army which was filmed in the area.

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