Bethel Beach Natural Area Preserve
|Bethel Beach Natural Area Preserve|
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
|Location||Mathews County, Virginia|
|Area||105 acres (42 ha)|
|Governing body||Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation|
Bethel Beach Natural Area Preserve is a 105-acre (42 ha) Natural Area Preserve located in Mathews County, Virginia, near the Chesapeake Bay. It contains beach, low dune, and salt marsh habitats, and provides a haven for rare marsh and colonial nesting birds, The preserve also protects habitat for two globally rare species, the northeastern beach tiger beetle and sea-beach knotweed.
The preserve is owned and maintained by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, and is open to the public; however the preserve is largely undeveloped with the exception of a gravel parking area for visitors.
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