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Cap Blanc-Nez France
By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Discover Cap Blanc-Nez

The rocky Cap Blanc-Nez is the northernmost part of France's coastline, with its chalky cliffs and hills reaching heights of up to 433 ft.
The stony soil at the top of these cliffs supports grassy moorland terrain formed by the salty spray deposited by winds blowing in from the north and west.
As the only sea-facing chalk hillside in the Nord Pas-de-Calais region, Cap Blanc-Nez offers an impressive variety of halophytes that thrive with the salt present in the water, for example sea cabbage (an ancestor of the garden vegetable).
Few plant species are able to take root in the strong winds at the top of the cliffs, except a few elders and hawthorns nestling in the shelter of old bomb craters.
From May to September, the plant-life of Cap Blanc-Nez blooms into a full spectrum of colours and scents including oregano, thyme, yellow-wort, eyebright, milkwort, rock roses, orchids and scabious.
This impressive floral display coincides with the arrival of birds like the Northern Fulmar and Black-legged Kittiwake, who come to nest on the cliffs, unlike Passerines like the stonechat who prefer the grassland.

Cap Blanc-Nez

Cap Blanc-Nez , France
View of the Cape Blanc-Nez from the beach

Cap Blanc Nez is a cape on the Côte d'Opale, in the Pas-de-Calais département, in northern France.

© Anne Heine - age fotostock
Cap Blanc-Nez , France
View of the Cape Blanc-Nez from inland

The headland's name is actually a French deformation of an original English name, Black Nen, deriving from the time when Calais was under English rule.

© Philippe Turpin / age fotostock
Cap Blanc-Nez , France
Cape Blanc-Nez, France

The cliffs of chalk are very similar to the white cliffs of Dover at the other side of the Channel in England.

© Philippe Turpin / age fotostock
Cap Blanc-Nez , France
Cape Blanc-Nez

Cap Blanc Nez does not protrude into the sea like a typical cape, but is a high point where a chalk ridge has been truncated by the sea forming a cliff.

© Philippe Turpin / age fotostock
Cap Blanc-Nez , France
Cape Blanc-Nez from the skies

This part of France boasts miles of deserted beaches.

© Philippe Turpin / age fotostock
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