North Norfolk Coast & the Wash IPA
Location: The Wash, north coast of Norfolk and south east of Lincolnshire.
Grid Reference: TF 626 283
North Norfolk Coast & the Wash IPA has been recognised as one of 165 Important Plant Areas in the UK.
The key features of this IPA are:
The saltmarshes hold four species of sea-lavender (including matted sea-lavender, a species now confined to Norfolk within the British Isles). You might find marsh mallow, shrubby sea-blite, sea purslane, salt meadow sedge, sharp sea rush or sea aster. There are also several species of glasswort (salicornia) also known as ‘samphire’ and collected for the kitchen. The dunes and shingle spits hold sea-holly, sea-heath, hoary mullein, the bright sea-pea and yellow-horned poppy, as well as bee and pyramidal orchids, and in a few places, the dune slacks are home to marsh helleborines and southern marsh orchids.
Plants you could see
Springtime: coltsfoot, cuckooflower, dog's mercury, early forget-me-not
Summer: marsh mallow, sea holly, sea lavender, yellow-horned poppy, southern marsh orchid.
Autumn and winter: gorse, red or white dead-nettle, ivy
Image: North Norfolk Coast & the Wash © Mike Hudson under CC BY-SA 3.0