Flamborough Outer Headland was declared a Local Nature Reserve in 2002 in recognition of its wildlife value and its importance to the local community. Local Nature Reserves aim to protect places of special interest and provide opportunities for research, education and informal enjoyment.
The reserve is part of one of the finest stretches of coastland on the east coast, and is the most northerly outcrop of coastal chalk in the British Isles. This unique sea and cliff environment is protected as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and its seabird colonies mark it as a Special Protection Area. The offshore environment has been identified as a Sensitive Marine Area and a Special Area of Conservation. In 1979 the area was designated a Heritage Coast due to its rich history and landscape.
The reserve comprises of 90 hectares of farmland with both arable and livestock. A woodland is present to the western side of the reserve, called "Old Fall Plantation". This is a mature but species poor sycamore woodland, although a highly important habitat as there are very few wooded areas on the Headland. The area of maritime grassland, south of the fog warning station, is rich in summer flower such as harebell, birds-foot trefoil, creeping cinquefoil and common dog violet.
In recent years the agricultural land has been included in a Countryside Stewardship Scheme to improve it for wildlife as well as visitors to the reserve. Not only are there wider field margins at the edges of the fields to encourage invertebrates, which is good news for birds searching for food, but many new hedges have been planted all over the Headland. The berry-laden hawthorn, blackthorn and holly trees in the new hedges will be very popular with hungry birds and small mammals.
The area was defined a Heritage Coast back in 1979 for its scenery, its wealth of bird and marine life, wild flowers, and geological and historic features. An ideal walk for the winter months, providing the weather is not from the north-east. There are numerous options for shortening the walk if need be, as several roads and paths radiate from Flamborough village towards the coast.
The following pdf document contains a map of Flamborough outer headland local nature reserve.
Flamborough outer headland local nature reserve (map)(pdf 345kb opens in new window)
The following word document offers safety information for the Flamborough outer headland.
Safety guidance notes for Flamborough outer headland (word 16.28kb opens in new window)
The Flamborough Head Marine website offers information on all aspects of Flamborough Head.
Flamborough Head European Marine Site (external website)