Features of the Flamborough Head Marine Site

The cliffs and rocky shores of Flamborough Head represent 9% of all coastal European chalk, supporting a diversity of marine communities which due to the site's location are often found at their northern or southern limits of distribution in the North Sea. The waters around the Headland are particularly rich in marine life because of its proximity to an upwelling of nutrients and plankton caused by the 'Flamborough Front', which provides a plentiful food supply. The three features of interest which make Flamborough Head a European marine site are its chalk reefs, sea caves and seabirds. However, there are a number of other interesting features which make this area unique.

Seabirds

Over 200,000 seabirds regularly come to Flamborough Head and Bempton Cliffs each year.

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Chalk Reefs

The chalk reefs extend up to 6 km off shore with some of the best reef habitats in the United Kingdom.

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Sea Caves

Over 200 sea caves are found around the Headland.

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Sea Cliffs

Over 200,000 seabirds regularly come to Flamborough Head and Bempton Cliffs each year.

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Flora & Fauna

The chalk reefs extend up to 6 km off shore with some of the best reef habitats in the United Kingdom.

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History

Over 200 sea caves are found around the Headland.

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