Winterton Terns 6

Winterton Dunes, Norfolk

Event info

We will spend the day exploring the different habitats. although a popular beach for families etc, the dune area is generally quiet and there are a wealth of subjects - one of my favourite habitats

Winterton dunes NNR shows coastal habitat succession from the open sand and shingle beach, through embryo and fixed dunes to acid heathland and low-lying wet dune slacks, with areas of scattered scrub. Little terns arrive in May, settling on the beach to breed, while natterjack toads can be heard calling from considerable distances. Many plant flower early, before the sandy soils dry out later in the summer.

The range of habitats here provide suitable homes for many rare insects such as sand wasps, many dragonflies and damselflies and a variety of butterflies including grayling and dark green fritillary.

Little terns and ringed plover nest in shallow scrapes on the sandy beach, nocturnal nightjars which use the heath to feed and breed can be heard ‘churring’ on warm summer evenings, and skylarks and stonechats are often seen or heard.

The temporary pools in the dune slacks provide breeding sites for nationally important colonies of natterjack toads. Grey and harbour seals may be seen along the coast and beach throughout the year.

Most of the reserve is a coastal strip north of, and almost immediately adjacent to, the town of Winterton-on-Sea.

There is a Car Park charge.

If the event shows as Full please contact to arrange go on the waiting list

RPS Members Free, non-RPS £5

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Venue Information

Large car park by sea with Cafe and Toilets

Winterton-on-Sea | Winterton Beach Car Park (


Winterton Dunes

Winterton Dunes National Nature Reserve

Winterton on Sea

Great Yarmouth


NR29 4DD