Species and Designated Sites in Norfolk

wildflowers at Burlingham (G Cresswell)


Norfolk is fortunate in its wealth of habitats and plant and animal species. An audit of records held by NBIS showed that there are 419 species listed on the national Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) occurring in Norfolk, representing 36% of the national list.

Some 88% of bird species and 59% of moth species on the national list have been recorded in Norfolk, demonstrating the importance of the county for these groups.  Results were checked against published literature in addition to seeking specialist input from the recording community. The audit provided a wealth of information about the biodiversity resources of the county, and should benefit planners, naturalists, researchers and environmental managers.

To download the current full version of this report, please click here: NORFOLK BIODIVERSITY ACTION PLAN SPECIES DATA AUDIT

Currently there are 8 Ramsar (wetlands of international importance), 12 Special Areas of Conservation (SAC), 7 Special Protection Areas (SPA), 21 National Nature Reserves and 167 Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI); either within or that intersect the Norfolk boundary.

The CWS system in Norfolk is managed by a partnership of Norfolk Wildlife Trust (NWT), Norfolk County Council and Natural England, with the lead role taken by NWT.  There are 1332 County Wildlife Sites (as of last update 2016).  Other locally designated sites within Norfolk are: 27 Local Nature Reserves and 111 Roadside Nature Reserves (as of 2016).

For more information on designated sites in Norfolk and maps showing their distribution please go to our designated sites page.

Wetland, heathland, coastal, ancient woodland and grassland habitats are all well represented within Norfolk. Coastal and wetland habitats are of particular importance and interest.


Photo: Wildflowers at Burlingham (G Cresswell)