Blakeney Point and its wildlife
Blakeney Point high tide
Blakeney Point view to Morston
Largest seal colony in England
Seals in summer
Migrating geese at sunset
Grey seal mum and pup
Managed by the National Trust since 1912 and within the North Norfolk Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Blakeney Point is a 4-mile spit of flint-derived shingle and sand dunes, created by longshore drift across the River Glaven.
Designated as Blakeney National Nature Reserve, the area includes tidal mudflats, salt marshes and reclaimed farmland, known as Blakeney Freshes, as well as a host of wildlife. It is an import site for breeding birds, especially Sandwich, common and little terns, migrating birds in the Autumn and Winter, a favourable spot for samphire, or sea asparagus, and is home to the largest seal colony in England, with over 1000 Grey seals and pups on the shoreline in Winter.
The Point is a dynamic landscape, slowing extending to the west and moving closer to the land at a rate of about 1 metre a year. It can be accessed on foot from Cley-next-the-Sea, but visitors, particularly those with dogs, should be wary of restrictions to protect nesting birds and fragile habitats.
The best way to visit the seals is by boat from the quays at Morston and Blakeney so you can get close to the inquisitive mammals without disturbing them. Boats go at high tide once a day in the Winter and often twice a day in the Summer, sometimes allowing passengers to go ashore.
Other birds to look out for are black-headed and Mediterranean gulls, ringed plovers, oystercatchers, common redshanks, northern lapwings, sedge and reed warblers, and bearded tits. In the Winter the marshes are home to golden plovers, common shelduck, Eurasian wigeon, brent geese and common teal.