Samphire Hoe has a variety of habitats and is surrounded by sea on one side and cliffs on the other.You can discover and enjoy a wide range of wildlife at any time of the year. A network of footpaths allow visitors to walk around the Hoe and observe the wildlife.
In July 2016, Samphire Hoe received a Green Flag Award for the 12th year running in recognition of effort to preserve the natural environment. The Green Flag Award is the benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in the United Kingdom. The scheme recognises and rewards green spaces and nature reserves which meet the highest standards. Samphire Hoe nature reserve is judged against eight key criteria:
- A welcoming place
- Healthy, safe ans secure
- Clean and well maintained
- Conservation and heritage
- Community involvement
Over the years, Samphire Hoe has progressively been transformed into a nature reserve with a particularly rich degree of biodiversity.
It is home to many species of wildlife such as over 200 species of plants, including the rare early spider orchid, 120 species of bird and 30 of butterfly have been recorded. 80 sheep and 10 cows graze on Samphire Hoe meadows.
Samphire Hoe is a new area of land. So different species are colonising and being discovered every year as the habitats develop and change.