Pyramidal orchids at Cronk y Bing

Tricia Sayle

Part of the widest strip of yellow dune on the island, good for birdwatching


Off the A10
Lhen Bridge
A static map of Cronk y Bing

Know before you go

6 hectares

Parking information

Small parking area

Walking trails

The Raad Ny Foillan (coastal footpath) runs along the shore section of the reserve.


Contact Manx Wildlife Trust for disabled access information


Guide dogs only
Assistance dogs only

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

June to September

About the reserve

Cronk y Bing forms part of a much larger sand dune system extending to the Point of Ayre and is an ASSI. Marram grass (bent) dominates with a range of other plants including pyramidal orchid, sea bindweed, restharrow, common stork's-bill, harebell, sheep's-bit, wild carrot and burnet rose. The adjacent shoreline is a favoured breeding ground for oystercatcher and ringed plover. During the autumn divers, grebes, sea duck, skuas, a variety of gulls and waders are often seen. Off the coast seals and diving gannets may also be seen.

Management: Limited management is required on this site. 

Contact us

Tricia Sayle, Reserves Officer
Contact number: 01624 844432
Contact email:
Cronk y Bing

Cronk y Bing