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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 are fairly frequent visitors to this super site, with sun in the sky and a fair wind today was very pleasant. Birds and flowers were very evident as were the many diggers moving sand etc on the bea...  more »
  • this area of the UK is really special for its beautiful nature ,but it is not easy to experience it in its wild form. The nature reserve gives you this opportunity; very easy to visit and pretty.  more »
  • This is such a joy to wander through and take in all the natural beauty. Even on a cold day it would be lovely for walks.  more »