Spot rare flowers and butterflies on Durham’s Heritage Coast

Durham Coast, Durham

Pull on your boots and enjoy spectacular views as you walk amongst wild flowers, rugged cliffs and imposing headlands along the Durham Coast.

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The coast’s unique grasslands support a vast array of wildflowers and insects. The Northern Brown Argus butterfly can be found amongst these grasslands in the summer months and flowers such as orchids, Bloody Cranesbill, Thrift, Birds’ Eye Primrose and Common Rock Rose are a characteristic sight on the grassy cliff tops.

The coastal denes created at the end of the last ice age support some of the most natural woodland in North East England and provide a valuable habitat for mammals such as deer, foxes, badgers and bats.

The coastal town of Seaham provides the perfect stopping point to refuel on a seaside holiday. Enjoy a coffee or ice cream or grab a hearty lunch; visit the WWI memorial statue, explore one of England’s oldest churches, discover the heritage centre or simply enjoy the views from the marina.

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