Scolt Head Island National Nature Reserve



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Scolt Head Island NNR is the prime example of an offshore barrier island in the UK. It is situated on a dynamic coastline which is steadily growing westward. The saltmarshes are considered to be among the finest in the UK and are some of the best documented and researched in the world. The island supports nationally and internationally important numbers of breeding terns, including the sandwich, common, arctic, roseate and little terns. It also attracts wintering wildfowl and waders such as Brent geese, shelduck, wigeon, teal and curlew. A large colony of sandwich terns raise their young on the island each year. The plant communities of the dunes and saltmarshes are classic examples of their type. Vegetated shingle ‘lows’ contain plant species of national importance such as matted sea lavender and sea heath.

Scolt Head Island National Nature Reserve
Brancaster Staithe


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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