Grassland and deserted boats at Blakeney nature reserve, Norfolk
Grassland and deserted boats at Blakeney nature reserve, Norfolk

Norfolk - Blakeney Nature Reserve

A beautiful part of the rugged Norfolk coast

Blakeney Nature Reserve is a fantastic landscape of salt marshes, sand and shingle spit, sand dunes and horizons stretching far out to sea. Blakeney Point is home to a colony of common and grey seals most of the year round.

The Nature Reserve is internationally recognised as an important breeding area for sea birds and a wide variety of other birdlife that changes with the seasons. Blakeney Point has a distinctive lifeboat house that provides an insight into the history of the point and is also where the National Trust wardens live and work to protect and conserve the unique wildlife and landscape of the area.

The salt marshes support an interesting range of seaside plants and create an intriguing habitat and surroundings for bracing coastal walks.

The Visitor Centre at Morston Quay provides lots of information on the area's attractions and a useful starting point to get an understanding of the work the National Trust is undertaking to preserve and manage the Nature Reserve and how best to explore and enjoy the area.

Blakeney Point is home to England's largest Grey Seal colony and many summer breeding birds. The best way to get close and personal to the wildlife on Blakeney Point is to book a trip on one of the locally operated ferry trips departing from Morston Quay. A number of boat trips are available that will get you a little closer to this wonderful sight.