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Brancaster Beach, Norfolk, UK

Postby johnm » Wed Jun 08, 2016 10:20 pm

Brancaster Beach or 'Branny' as it's known locally is a stunningly beautiful location for kitesurfing situated on the North Norfolk coast of the UK. This is one of the busiest beaches in Norfolk, with in excess of 30,000 visitors per year.

The entire area is has an amazing collection of wildlife designations including SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest), SPA (Special Protection Area - for birds), SAC (Special Area of Conservation - for wildlife and habitats) and is part of the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Brancaster Beach is sandwiched between RSPB Titchwell Marsh Reserve to the west; with its unique mixture of saltwater, brackish and freshwater habitats that are important for breeding and overwintering bird species and Scolt Head Island to the east. This island is designated a NNR (National Nature Reserve) and is a high-profile breeding ground for internationally protected bird species managed by Natural England. In addition the eastern two-thirds of the beach are owned by the National Trust and the western third owned by The Crown Estate and leased by the RSPB.

In 2000, following concerns that the incidents of kite sports conflicting with other users and conservation bodies were spiralling out of control the choice was to try and manage these activities or to ban them. The 'North Norfolk Kiters Working Group' was set up as an experiment in voluntary management, and all interested parties came up with an agreement on launching and landing zones, buggy zones and kitesurfing no-go zones for Brancaster Beach. All protected areas, like the North Norfolk Coast, are experiencing an increase in visitors. By managing kite sport activities in this voluntary way we are ensuring that these activities have a minimal impact on beach users and on the environment. This voluntary agreement has worked exceptionally well for more than a decade and only recently was commended for three consecutive years with 'zero incidents'.

Unfortunately things seem to have gone pear-shaped in April and May 2016, particularly with visiting kiters not knowing and/or observing the guidelines. These guidelines are shown on a number of signs around the car park and beach access points, and enforced by wardens on site.

If you DO come to kitesurf at 'Branny' - PLEASE be aware of the sensitive wildlife, other beach users and respect the voluntary management measures in place!

No-one wants to lose access to this awesome location but it requires EVERYONE to stick to the agreed guidelines as illustrated below.

THANK YOU!

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Re: Brancaster Beach, Norfolk, UK

Postby longwhitecloud » Thu Jun 09, 2016 3:53 am

beware the #kitepolice

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Re: Brancaster Beach, Norfolk, UK

Postby corbett » Thu Jun 09, 2016 4:16 am

Only a poor person wants to kite anywhere in Britain. Everyone who could leave Britain already has and all you have left are stupid people.

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Re: Brancaster Beach, Norfolk, UK

Postby johnm » Thu Jun 09, 2016 7:09 am

just to be clear - this isn't news to anyone local - these guidelines have been there for over a decade...

The area you're allowed to kitesurf in is HUGE.

No-one who kites there regularly would ever dream of kiting over to Scolt Head Island - it's a long way away and its a bird-reserve ffs - why would you do that?

Unfortunately a number of visitors have done just that in April and May of this year - hence the new sign / attempt to get the word out...

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Re: Brancaster Beach, Norfolk, UK

Postby thetrash » Thu Jun 16, 2016 10:12 am

Bellends John, they are bellends.

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Re: Brancaster Beach, Norfolk, UK

Postby Zen_Rider » Thu Jun 16, 2016 6:11 pm

Hey John,

Thanks for the post, also noticed it on the London facebook group. There are allot of kite folk from the content coming to London at the moment who aren't familiar with the spots. There is a great community of people arranging lift shares and sharing stoke, I think everyone would absolutely respect any kite zoning areas, its probably just a case of people desperate to get on the beach after a long drive and missing the signs (which is not inconceivable if you walk from the south side of the car park round the back of the clubhouse).

Consider repeating your post with the zoning info every 6 months to keep the info fresh in peoples minds... Ill make sure to mention it whenever speak to people about Brancaster.

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Re: Brancaster Beach, Norfolk, UK

Postby North_Wind » Mon Jun 20, 2016 3:46 pm

The London group is greatly reinvigorated in recent times which has its pluses and minuses.

I am for the time being one of the directors/organisers of the new BKSA Affiliated Club we have set up.

We will arrange to re-mail our members next time there is a SW to remind them of the Brancaster zoning.

We are also putting together a website and I am sure we will have a spot guide section where we can post this kind of info.

We want to be good kite citizens.

BA

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Re: Brancaster Beach, Norfolk, UK

Postby Bille » Mon Jun 20, 2016 5:24 pm

longwhitecloud wrote:beware the #kitepolice
Could you explain your position on this, a bit more please ?

Bille

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Re: Brancaster Beach, Norfolk, UK

Postby johnm » Thu Jun 23, 2016 7:42 am

Thank you Zen_Rider and North_Wind :)

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Re: Brancaster Beach, Norfolk, UK

Postby badgb21 » Wed Jul 06, 2016 11:24 pm

That made me chuckle!
thetrash wrote:Bellends John, they are bellends.


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