(approx 50% within AONB)
Situated on the coast 8 miles north of the town of Great Yarmouth.
Winterton village website: http://wintertonparishcouncil.norfolkparishes.gov.uk
Winterton-On-Sea website: www.winterton-on-sea.com
Winterton-on-Sea is an ancient fishing village with around 650 houses and 1,500 inhabitants. It boasts a beautiful sandy and unspoiled Norfolk beach, with dunes so peaceful that a Tern colony has moved here in recent years.
Winterton Dunes NNR: The site supports well developed areas of dune heath, wet 'slacks' between dunes and dune grassland which grades into grazing marsh and birch woodland.
A wide range of both breeding and over-wintering birds are found here with 170 species being recorded. Little terns breed on the site together with stonechat, nightjar and ringed plover. Marsh harriers hunt in the area and the rare Montagu's harrier has also been sighted here.
Natterjack toads breed in shallow pools behind the main ridge which also supports smooth and crested newts. A number of dragonfly species use the pools including the Norfolk and common hawker.
Over 110 species of moth have been recorded on the site including the rare pigmy footman, fenn's wainscot and pyralid. Butterfly species include grayling and dark green fritillary.
NNR website: http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/ourwork/conservation/designatedareas/nnr/1006159.aspx
The Holy Trinity and All Saints church dates back to the 15 hundreds and is well worth a visit. Its 125 foot high tower is one of the highest in the county of Norfolk with an extensive view of not only the surrounding villages but the North Sea.