About Scolt

Scolt Head Island or simply Scolt, Scolt Head or the Island is a classic example of a Dynamic Offshore Barrier Island, Scolt Head started its development about 10000 years ago as glacial out wash and has since developed into what we see today and roughly 4km long x half a kilometer island. With its main building blocks of Sand and shingle it has developed some of the best examples of coastal habitats in the UK with fine examples of Shingle, Dune and Saltmarsh habitats and its associated Flora and fauna. The island is 'dynamic' in that it is constantly moving and spreading westward, through offshore drift.
Scolt Head Island is situated on the North Norfolk coast, with the harbours of Overy Staithe in the East and Brancaster harbour and Staithe in the West, separated from the mainland by extensive tidal saltmarshes and Norton creek to the South and the North Sea in the North. Scolt Head Island was designated a nature reserve in 1923 together with Blakeney point were the first in Norfolk, it is now a National Nature Reserve owned by the National Trust and leased and managed by Natural England. Through its varied habitats, consisting of many variants of Sand dune, Shingle, Saltmarsh, Coastal sand and Esturine mud flats the island has a rich and varied Fauna and Flora supporting numerous national and locally rare species. There are two buildings on the island the Ternery Hut in the west and the Main Hut more centrally situated on the High dunes, this historical and attractive 1920's Hut is a significant feature of the island and is now Grade 2 listed. All the images on this site are taken by Baz Scampion 'unless otherwise stated' taken over a number of years,using a variety of Quality Nikon equipment, often hand held from my little boat the 'Lapwing 2'. All photos are the copyright of the photographer, but can be obtained as prints or digital images please contact for more information.