Nowhere in Great Britain does such a natural diversity occur within such a small area.
Nested on England’s panoramic east coast, Donna Nook proffers an outstanding natural ecology. With a huge Salt Marsh, one of the most effective habitats for carbon capture and stated to be more effective than tropical rainforests.
The salt marsh, sand dunes, wetland habitats and the ebbing tides provide perfect feeding grounds for invertebrate species, attracting many wading birds, wildfowl, and song birds. In springtime the sand dunes and meadows are alive with the songs of the skylark and the echo of Cuckoo’s. Curlews, Dunlin, Knot, Oystercatchers, Redshanks and other wading birds feed on the ebbing tide, amoungst Brent geese and Shovelers on salt marsh whilst Egrets and Avocets can be seen flitting away when a Hen Harrier glides nearby.
Thousands of Grey seals bask in the low sun un-nerved as fast jets practice live fire exercises. One of the largest Grey seal colonies in Great Britain are resident on the sand bank and move to the sand dunes to breed every December. Last year in 2020, over 2000 seal pups where born.
The Royal Air Force and the United States Air Force use the beaches as an air weapons range where billion dollar jets and helicopter gunships practice live firing on most days and nights. Alongside Donna Nook being an active air weapons range, there is a unique world war 2 history with the remains of a hospital for injured Lancaster bomber crews returning from missions over enemy territories and a prisoner of war camp where drawings can be seen by some artistic prisoners.
Shared within this landscape are rich, sustainable acreages of agricultural farmland producing crops of barley, wheat, maize, rape and vegetables with lapwing meadows for grazing beef heards.