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Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve, Dawlish

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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4.6/5 based on 90+ reviews on the web
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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  • Well I've never seen this many of each bird in the same place! Oystercatchers, cormorants, gulls, ringed plovers didn't know they formed flocks! Dunlin, curlew. Just too far away for me to take decent...  read more »
  • Marvellous place to visit if you're a 'twitcher'. The bird life is abundant and delightful. Be prepared for a long walk if you want to go through the reserve to the tip of the headland opposite Exmout...  read more »
  • I thoroughly enjoyed walking around the Nature Reserve .I saw the lovely Evening primrose flowers growing wild and the many wild plants, i did not see the lizards but heard it would be well worth anot...  read more »
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