Blakeney point - Coastal landform

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  • Blakeney point Norfolk - Coastal landforms
    • What is Blakeney point?
      • Blakeney point is a sand and shingle ridge that extends westward from the Norfolk coast for approximately 5 km
      • It is separated from the coast by sheltered tidal waters, where fine sediment is deposited by rivers, helping to develop  a rare salt marsh environment
    • Why is Blakeney point a rare environment?
      • One of the largest unspoilt coastlines in Europe
      • Areas of rare habitats including salt marsh, sand dunes and vegetated shingle
      • An international breeding area for seabird colonies including arctic terns, oyster catchers and brent geese
      • A breeding area for grey and common seals
      • Rare plant species including sea lavender and sea campion
      • Uninterrupted coastal views and long stretches of sandy beach
    • Formation
      • Coastlines with sand or shingle spits are bars are often distinctive landscapes. The landward side of a spit of bar is protected from strong winds and tides, and is an area where fine silt is deposited by rivers as they reach the sea
      • As silt levels increase they become colonised by plants, creating salt marshes, partially submerged at high tide and visible at low tide. These environments provide important breeding grounds for migrating birds and often contain rare plant species
    • Uses...
      • Many protected coastal areas are used by the public for recreation and education activities. Blakeney point National Nature Reserve in North Norfolk, which is managed by the National trust is one of the most visited nature reserves in the UK

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