Situated on the north Norfolk coast the reserve is part of the Wash and North Norfolk Coast possible Special Area of Conservation (pSAC) for its many features of interest, including subtidal sandbanks, saltmarsh, intertidal mudflats and sandbanks, shallow inlets and bays and seal colonies.
Main habitats: Coastal
Area: 1097 Ha
Site map: Nature on the Map
Although most NNRs are managed by Natural England, 88 are wholly or partly managed by other bodies approved by Council, under Section 35 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
Blakeney NNR is managed by the National Trust.
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The reserve is also part of the North Norfolk Coast and Gibraltar Point Dunes pSAC for its dune grassland, saltmarsh scrub, shifting dunes and coastal shingle vegetation.
Blakeney NNR is also a Special Protection Area (SPA) and comprises part of a Ramsar wetland site.
The site supports a wide range of nationally important plant and bird communities and is adjacent to Holkham NNR.
Blakeney NNR is situated mid-way between the towns of Wells-next-the-sea and Sheringham. Access to the site is by ferry from Morston and Blakeney (both on the A149), or by foot from Cley Beach 5.5 km away.
The nearest train station is in Sheringham, 13 km to the east, served by Greater Anglia.
Bus services from Sheringham along the A149 are provided by Norfolk Green.
Access to certain areas might be restricted during the bird breeding season (April to July).
The nearest toilet and refreshment facilities are at Morston and Blakeney.
Blakeney NNR has bird watching hides and nature trails, with interpretation panels and signs. There is an Information Centre at Morston open according to weather and tides.