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Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve, Dawlish

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The Dawlish Warren National Nature Reserve is a national nature reserve near the village of Dawlish Warren in south Devon, England. It is part of the Exe Estuary Special Protection Area, and sits on a sand spit which runs across the mouth of the estuary. It is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest and part of it is a local nature reserve.

The Dawlish Warren nature reserve provides a major roosting site for wading birds and migratory waterfowl, and serves as a habitat for the endangered petalwort plant. It is also one of only two sites in Britain where the sand crocus grows. A large number of rare vagrant birds have been recorded at Dawlish Warren, including elegant tern, lesser crested tern, long-billed murrelet, greater sand plover, semipalmated plover, cream-coloured courser and great spotted cuckoo. Some sand lizards have also been spotted at the reserve, as a result of re-introductions.

A rare dune grassland habitat can also be found in the nature reserve, and as a result is a candidate Special Area of Conservation. The Nature Reserve also contains one of the main tourist beaches in Teignbridge.
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  • We had a lovely but cold walk out past the golf course and we went to the bird hide we saw some good birds feeding on the bud flats. 
  • Walked right round the nature reserve on a recent visit & very much enjoyed it. Very peaceful, although no hustle & bustle in Dawlish Warren when we were there (January) in the summer season must be a...  more »
  • I often go here , especially in summer , to escape the public beach and to enjoy the solitude . The path along the top of the dunes takes you to sections of sandy beach separated by timber fencing , s...  more »