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Help 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.

Blakeney Point - famous for birds as well as seals

Blakeney Point - famous for birds as well as seals

April to August is a special time on the coast, when birds are breeding to ensure the continuation of the species. Some of these are particularly vulnerable to disturbance by people because they nest on beaches. This group includes three species of terns, ringed plovers and oystercatchers.

Of these, the two species at highest risk are little terns and ringed plovers. The Norfolk Coast is an important nesting area for both species; they need your understanding and protection.

At other times of year, the coast is visited by large numbers of migrating and wintering birds.

What you can do to help
Breeding season - April to July
Avoid shingly areas near the top of beaches during April to July
Look out for groups of terns and protective rope and stake cordons.
Dont approach too closely. Watch from a distance and avoid disturbing the birds.
Keep dogs on a lead near any colonies or likely nesting areas (see walking with your dog).
Keep a sharp eye out for small waders with chicks on the beach and give them a wide berth.
Help to inform others.

Migration and wintering - August to March
Avoid disturbing concentrations of waders and wildfowl on beaches or marshes - keep dogs on a lead or under close control if necessary.
Help to inform others.