The Holkham National Nature Reserve is the largest such reserve in
England. It is on the Norfolk coast between Burnham Overy Staithe and
Blakeney, and is managed by Natural England with the cooperation of the
Holkham Estate. Its 3,900 hectares (9,600 acres) include a wide range of
habitats, such as grazing marsh, woodland, salt marsh, sand dunes and
foreshore. The reserve is part of the North Norfolk Coast Site of
Special Scientific Interest, additionally protected through Natura 2000,
Special Protection Area and Ramsar listings, and is part of both an Area
of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a World Biosphere Reserve. Holkham is
important for wintering wildfowl, especially pink-footed geese, Eurasian
wigeons and brent geese, but it also has breeding waders, and attracts
many migrating birds in autumn. A number of scarce invertebrates and
plants can be found in the dunes, and the reserve is one of only two
sites in the UK with an antlion colony. The Vikings navigated the creeks
to establish Holkham village. The reserve was created in 1967 mostly
from the Holkham estate, owned since the 17th century by the Earls of
Leicester, and attracts over 100,000 visitors a year, including
birdwatchers, horse riders and naturists.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holkham_National_Nature_Reserve>
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