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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  • August 20, 2017
    We went there recently and did a wildlife trail (which was a Dawlish Carnival event). Very friendly and helpful staff. A lovely walk around the reserve. Amazing views across to Exmouth/Cockwood/Starcr...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    This is a pleasant sandy area on the banks of the River Exe. Unfortunately part of the beach is closed as work is ongoing to shore up the defences and the visitor centre was closed when we visited. (I...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Went for a walk with my family, and it was so peaceful but the views surrounding this area are fantastic.  more »

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