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Norfolk is bounded on the north and east by the vast open shores of its 130km long coastline, curving from the Wash round to Great Yarmouth, and in the west and south by rivers flanking the fens and broads. A good holiday accommodation great yarmouth is Sunnyside. Its countryside is essentially flat lowland, but still contains considerable variety in its scenery and wildlife: the coast, the flood plains of rivers in the east, and especially the unique sandy Breckland in the west, ensure a fascinating and internationally important array of marine, shore, heath, woodland, marsh and fenland wildlife. Do not forget holiday accommodation great yarmouth if you are staying some while.
Naturalists have been aware of the richness of Norfolk’s wildlife heritage since Sir Thomas Browne’s research awakened interest in the seventeenth century. Outstanding botanists who later found inspiration in the county’s plant life have included Sir James Smith, John Lindley and the Hookers. Naturalists’ societies have flourished here since 1747. Local ornithologists participated eagerly in the earliest efforts to legislate for bird protection, and the wider interests of habitat conservation were served when the first of Britain’s county naturalists’ trusts was established here in 1926. Since then, with ever-growing popular support, thousands of hectares of dunes and saltings, heaths, fens, broads and woods have been safeguarded, supplemented by parallel efforts on the part of the National Trust, the RSPB and the NCC. The county now boasts a rich mosaic of protected habitats.
Among the delights of the coast one thinks first of the Wash, a huge bay which takes the outflow of the fenland rivers and is subject to great tides. Its sandbanks and mussel beds are ideal for common seal and its shores are a gathering ground for immense flocks of migratory waders. Jutting boldly to form a seaward bastion on its eastern flank, the multi-coloured chalk and sandstone cliffs of Hunstanton support wild wallflower and are the haunt of fulmar.
For many kilometres to the east stretches the marshland coast, whose sand spits and shingle banks welcome large colonies of terms in the nesting season and are crowded with waders at all times. The fine dunes, notably at Scolt Head Island and Blakeney Point, are a preserve of plants such as sea-holly and sea bindweed. Behind them lie extensive salt flats and tidal creeks where, in July, vast sheets of sea-lavender attract bees and butterflies. At several points, from Holme to Cley, hides exist for observing a wealth of birds. Breeding species include avocet, bearded tit and bittern, while there is no lack of interesting visitors at all seasons, but especially during the spring and autumn migrations.
At the western end of the coast the chalk surface, at beach level, is strewn with large flints which provide the chief habitat of intertidal marine life. Elsewhere unstable, crumbling cliffs and wave washed sandy shores are unsuitable for permanent colonisation, even by seaweeds. East of Cromer the cliffs reach a considerable height, with landslips here are there, diminishing south eastwards from Mundesley and disappearing beyond Happisburgh to be succeeded by dunes bordering marshland and the broads.
The dune slacks and sub-maritime fens in the Horsey-Winterton region are especially interesting for their plants and are now the chief breeding ground for natterjack toad in the east of Britain. Hybrid marram is an abundant and conspicuous feature of the dunes.
The broads, famous among sailing enthusiasts, are a series of shallow pools occupying the sites of medieval peat workings in the flood plains of rivers converging on a common outlet at Great Yarmouth. With their surrounding reedswamps, fers, carrs and areas of reclaimed grazing marshes intersected by dykes, they form a paradise for wetland wildlife. Notable inhabitants include bittern, marsh harrier and bearded tit.