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Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve, Dawlish

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Wildlife Area
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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  • An easy place to get to by road or rail but a world away from the hustle and bustle once you leave the 'resort' bit behind and set off across the heath land and sand dunes. Sea on one side and estuary...  more »
  • Thoroughly enjoyed the walk although we were blown along .walked along the dunes then took the easier option down below on footpath.Many birds to see and swans on water ,area very easy walking.Unfortu...  more »
  • 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.  more »