Blakeney National Nature Reserve ranger's blog

Welcome to the ranger's blog for Blakeney National Nature Reserve in Norfolk. We'll be bringing you regular updates from the staff and volunteers that care for this special place on the Norfolk coast.

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Keep up to date with all the latest news in our blog posts from the rangers caring for the Norfolk coast.

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3 Jul 2020

A walk-through nest count on Blakeney Point.


Published: 3 July 2020

On Thursday, I was lucky enough to be invited by my colleagues to help them count this season’s tern nests on the end of Blakeney Point; this was to be a new experience for me and one that I was looking forward to. The tide times dictated a five AM start, but as I stood on Cley Beach, bathed in the golden light of a low sun in a cloudless sky, I was glad to be out of my bed.

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7 Jun 2020

Ringed-plovers enjoying Lockdown


Published: 7 June 2020

After two months on furlough leave, I finally returned to work a couple of weeks ago. So how has our wildlife fared in my absence? Certain species certainly seem to be benefitting from the reduced human disturbance.

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5 Mar 2020

Winter Works on the Blakeney Fresh Marsh.


Published: 5 March 2020

You may recall from our last Ranger blog post our industrious team were repairing gates and fences around the reserve and we were about to embark on some dyke restoration work

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17 Feb 2020

After Storm Ciara


Published: 17 February 2020

Thankfully we were very lucky to avoid any major damage from Storm Ciara; no fallen trees and no building damage.

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7 Feb 2020

Grey day, Grey Partridge


Published: 7 February 2020

I drove the Land Rover along the shingle ridge to Blakeney Point today. The round trip is roughly ten kilometres and, using the low-ratio gearbox, takes at least an hour.

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8 Jan 2020

Tracks in the mud


Published: 8 January 2020

I took a stroll across Blakeney Freshes yesterday to look at a section of fencing that needs replacing. As I approached a crossing point over one of the larger dykes, I stopped to look at an area of fresh mud that had recently been dredged out by the Environment Agency. I was hoping that the mud would be a good place to look for animal tracks and I wasn’t disappointed.

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20 Dec 2019

A day in the life of volunteer Seal Ranger Hanne Siebers


Published: 20 December 2019

My first encounter with Blakeney Point was on my first visit to North Norfolk ten years ago. I remember it vividly. It was a long trudge, walking from Cley beach to the Lifeboat House in shoes fit for a town rather than the unforgiving shingle on the beach. My affection for this iconic strip of land has grown with every visit ever since.

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2 Dec 2019

Counting seals


Published: 2 December 2019

The grey seal breeding season is now in full swing and seals are occupying a lot of our time. Our biggest job is simply to keep an accurate count of the number of pups born. With 3012 pups born last year, it’s no small task.

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20 Nov 2019

My favourite autumnal visitors.


Published: 20 November 2019

I love a bit of warm sunshine, just like the next person, but a small part of me always yearns for the autumn because its heralds the arrival of what I like to regard as some old friends; the beautiful pink-footed geese (Ansar brachyrhynchus).

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28 Oct 2019

An Autumn Bonfire


Published: 28 October 2019

Friary Hills is a favourite spot of mine. The ‘Hills’ in question are a past shoreline, left dry by the shifting sand and mud. The few precious metres of elevation afford a spectacular view across Blakeney Freshes and Blakeney Point to the sea.

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Blakeney Point in the Autumn sunlight showing lots of golden reds and browns

Blakeney National Nature Reserve 

One of the largest expanses of unspoilt coastline in the country, the ever-changing tides and abundance of wildlife mean that no two visits are the same. Follow the Norfolk Coast Path for uninterrupted views or take a boat trip out to Blakeney Point and spot the grey seals.