Braunton Burrows is the largest sand dune system in the UK. It hosts an extraordinarily diverse plant community, with over recorded species of vascular. Braunton Burrows, the core area of the Biosphere is a sand dune system which is home to a large number of rare plants and animals. The Burrows are owned. Lying at the entrance to the Taw-Torridge Estuary, Braunton Burrows is one of the most important sand dune systems in Britain and forms the core of a UNESCO.

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The new car park o Keeping dogs on leads around cattle and under close control at all times. It was this disagreement that was the main factor which led to the de-designation of the site as a national nature reserve in This de-declaration was a unique occurrence.

Sea Buckthorn is a thorny shrub that produces orange berries. It is a world-class designation that makes the status of the area equal to that of other world-wide Biosphere Reserves such as the Danube Delta, the Hawaiian Islands and the Great Gobi.

Internet Trading Systems Ltd. Retrieved from ” https: The land is owned and managed by Christie Devon Estates and part of it is leased to the Ministry of Defence. A place where jumpers can literally Get Some Air For more details of this special accolade please see the North Devon Biosphere Reserve web-site and for details of numerous other land designations in Braunton, please see the information about the project.

Anyone who has seen Omaha beach will instantly recognise an uncanny resemblance to Woolacombe and Saunton. These works are targeting the roots of Sea Buckthorn bushes which cover the dune tops – growing up to 12 ft high in places. Register at the bottom of the slipway. Similar stories exist in respect of the south coast of Glamorganacross the Bristol Channelregarding the Merthyr Mawr Sand Dunes which started shifting in the late 14th century and encroached on Kenfig Castleresulting in its evacuation [2] but which spared Candleston Castlenow almost surrounded by dunes.


Signage will be changed to reflect the new situation early next week. It is known for its hardiness and ability to thrive by grazing on marginal land, which is why it has a conservation role on the Burrows,helping with the managing of scrub.

The Countryside Centrein nearby Braunton, also has displays and information about the Burrows’ habitats. These are often hidden for hours at a time while mothers graze and this is the main reason we ask dogs to be on leads around cows. English Nature felt the turnover of soil increased species diversity and with the use of soay sheep, maintained a desirable balance to ecosystems.

Views Read Edit View history. Proximity Within 10 5 2 0. Scrub invasion is managed to maintain a state of semi-equilibrium and prevent succession to a climax community. The burning of deep rooted species often made the soil more fertile but led to the spread of coarse grasses.

Braunton Burrows

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Email Page Print Page. Because of the continual cropping by the rabbits, many of the plants are short and stunted and have an entirely different growth form to their normal one. Retrieved 11 July We wish them the best of luck!

The current light replaced a much larger structure, Braunton lighthouse, which consisted of an octagonal wooden tower built on top of keepers’ accommodation, 86 foot high in total. Email or Phone Password Forgot account? Please be advised that cows are now grazing in ZONE 2.


It hosts an extraordinarily diverse plant community, with over recorded species of vascular plants. Free parking and refreshments for participants. As winter approached, a permanent camp was needed; most troops had been accommodated in tents until then. The short turf communities are very rich in lichens and herbs, and the dune slacks are also rich.

Braunton Burrows – Saunton Sands, Devon

Bathing is safer at the northern end of the beach, with dangerous currents at the southern end. Enjocy the May sunshine! Use this tool to build your own journey or choose from an exciting range of specially selected tours. Remanants of that era include the landing craft, bazooka wall and the ‘American Road’. While works are taking place,please be observant in ZONE 1.

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Visit Devon Visit North Devon. Decline in species diversity was exacerbated through the introduction of sea buckthorn Hippophae rhamnoides by the military.

Even the best natured dog can spook a cow through its inquisitiveness or by bounding around. The Burrows lie just behind the beach and fill the 1. Bed and Breakfast Accommodation.

Due to declining rabbit numbers cattle are now used to graze the undergrowth, consolidating clearance work which is necessary to reduce the levels of invasive scrub. The Welsh missionary, St. The Burrows team would like to congratulate Steph and Max on taking vraunton the management of the Sandy Lane car park.