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Winterton Dunes

An exceptional site, an SSSI nature reserve and home to the Natterjack toad. This was where the first British record of the Southern Emerald damselfly was made in 2002, and some of the first of the Small Red-eyed damselflies were found in 2001, so a visit here is always tinged with hope for a rarity.


Winterton Village is on the B1132. There is a (pay) car park, and there may be a cafe if it hasn't fallen into the sea yet. (Erosion is a serious problem on the coast here.) Alternatively you can park at Horsey Mill, a National Trust property on the B1159 towards Sea Palling, whose car park is free to members, and walk down the dunes.

The ponds of dragonfly interest are closer to Winterton, but Horsey does have the most spectacular seal colony, and shouldn't be missed.


The first thing you'll see is the wind farm, their turbines sweeping the air. Between the turbines and the beach (home to a colony of Little Terns) are the dunes. These are home to a wide variety of plants, insects and birds.

The object of our visit is the ponds which are situated about half a mile from the car park.

These species have been recorded at this site.

Clicking on the English name will take you to the specific page

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