North Norfolk Coast

Site overview: Long, thin, sand dunes can be found here, which are gradually eroding and moving over time. In this site are the Blakeney Spit Pools, a lagoon system of six small pools between a shingle ridge and saltmarsh. The nationally rare species of the lagoonal mysid shrimp calls this area home. European otters live here too.

Designation Status
Last Updated
6 June 2017
MPA Type
Special Area of Conservation
MPA Purpose
areas which have been identified as best representing the range and variety within the European Union of habitats and (non-bird) species listed on Annexes I and II to the Directive


52° 58' 8" North,
0° 48' 28" East

Surface Area

31.62 km2
(12.21 mi.2 )


314.25 km
(195.27 mi.)

Iconic features protected by this site


  • Mediterranean saltmarsh scrub (Mediterranean and thermo-Atlantic halophilous scrubs (Sarcocornetea fruticosi))