Caring for the area
Some simple advice on caring for the area whilst improving your experience and enjoyment
Helping our coastal birds
The Norfolk Coast is famous for its birds - hundreds of thousands of people visit the area each year to enjoy them. Many more come to enjoy the coasts wide, unspoilt beaches, its sense of wildness and remoteness, its wonderful seascapes and its power to restore and refresh those who visit.
Walking with your dog
Dogs and dog walkers are very welcome on the Norfolk Coast and are allowed on many of the beaches all year round, the majority of pubs welcome dogs into their gardens and bar areas and a good number of accommodation providers allow dogs to stay. Responsible dog ownership is not only cleaning up after their pet but also to avoid disturbance to people, wildlife and/or livestock and some areas ban dogs or require them to be kept on leads at certain times of the year or in specified zones.
The Norfolk coast has seen an increase in seals in recent times which brings it's own issues for local communities, seals and vistors. The colonies in the Wash and North Norfolk coast have dedicated seal boat trips for allowing the public to view in safety unlike those on the East coast around Horsey. Find out more in the factsheet about the Grey seal with advice about viewing the Horsey colony.
Kayaking is increasingly popular and a great way to experience the area's coastal waters, landscapes and wildlife. Care is always needed to enjoy this activity safely, and especially on the North Norfolk Heritage Coast, in the creeks, shingle and dunes from around Holme to Cley, care is also needed to avoid disturbing the area's special and sensitive wildlife. Follow the link in the paragraph title to find some useful guidance produced by British Canoeing and the RSPB.