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Almost all of the north Norfolk coast from Holme-next-the-Sea to Salthouse is protected by nature reserves which form a mosaic of sites of international importance. A good cheap b and b great yarmouth is Sunnyside. Sandbanks and shingle ridges provide shelter for saltmarsh to grow, and the marshes form one of the largest spreads in Britain. Wind-blown sand builds dunes on the shingle ridges; plants invade and stabilise the dunes, providing cover for breeding birds and a landfall for migrants. The wetlands contain pooled stands of reedmarsh unusually rich in bird life. Do not forget cheap b and b great yarmouth if you are staying some while. Not only is there a classic show of the change from tideline to farmland, but, because the aims of each reserve tend to differ, the habitat range increases.
The Western End of Scolt Head Island and the fist of Blakeney Point provide a wonderful example of shingle and sand interplay. Scolt Head Island may only be reached by boat, Blakeney by boat or by a long trudge along shingle, but both are quite superb in their strange and lonely beauty. Both lie beyond wide spreads of marsh, of low-tide muds, edged by lawns of sea-lavender, and both of them thrill to the harsh cries of the terns. The shingle ridges form the base on which hills of sand are built in the classic progression from sand couch and marram to herb-rich older dunes while, here and there, the wind has scooped out spectacular large blowouts which are cut back to the shingle below in a strange moonscape of sandy hills and lows.
The crests and the seaward sides of the shingle are too exposed, too mobile, for plants to survive, but below the crests are vigorous stands of shrub by sea-blite, a plant of Mediterranean areas, together with sea-heath and matted sea-lavender around the northern edge of its range. All three plants seem well suited to these sandy or muddy shingles and grow with thrift and rock sea-lavender, yellow horned-poppy and sea campion and, where a soil has developed over the shingle, with a great variety of other plants.
Sea sandwort occurs on shingle and on sand and is often one of the first plants of the dunes, together with prickly saltwort and sea rocket, lyme-grass and sea-holly. Stable dunes may be patterned with lichens and mosses, with common stork’s-bill and biting stonecrop.
Beyond the hedge of shrubby sea-blite, the sea-lavender lawns are spread. Here, too, the plants form a broad mosaic, with common scurvygrass, thrift, greater and lesser sea-spurrey, sea arrow-grass, sea plaintain, sea-purslane, common and lax-flowered sea-lavender, and with stands of sea rush and common saltmarsh-grass. Some plants cope with long immersion more readily than others, so glasswort, sea aster and annual sea-blite form the lower marsh, while sea wormwood grows on the drier higher fringes. The marshes spread from Blakeney to Wells, from west of Holkham to Holme, a wonderful richness of creek-cut wilderness where redshank and curlew call.
At Holkham the land is generally fronted by sands, thrown up in long dune ridges on either side of the Holkham Gap, which are stabilised for much of their length by plantations of Corsican pine. The system of dunes and slacks contains typical plants such as lady’s bedstraw, common centuary, ploughman’s spikenard and carline thistle, with creeping willow, marsh helleborine, early and southern marsh-orchid and, in drier sties, with bee orchid and Jersey cudweed. The huge reserve also covers the marshes from Wells across to Stiffkey, with the farmland and grazing marshes of Holkham north of the A149.
Holme, Titchwell and Cley hold not only the features of shingle, sand and saltmarsh but also a range of brackish-water lagoons, freshwater marshes and reedbeds which provide an invaluable breeding site for many species of bird.