Dawlish Warren National Nature Reserve

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A freshwater pond at Dawlish Warren NNR.

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[1][2] and part of it is a local nature reserve.[3][4]

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 (Romulea columnae) 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. Despite the emplacement of considerable quantities of protective rock armour at its lower end, the warren has been subject to erosion by the sea for over a hundred years.[5]

The Teignbridge District Council owns and manages the seaward parts of the Nature Reserve, which is open to the public, while the Devon Wildlife Trust maintains the Inner Warren and the saltmarsh, which are not open to the public. The Inner Warren is leased to the Warren Golf Club.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dawlish Warren citation" (PDF). Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 August 2014. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Map of Dawlish Warren". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Dawlish Warren (Part LNR, part NNR)". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. Archived from the original on 9 August 2014. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Map of Dawlish Warren". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  5. ^ West, Ian. "Dawlish Bay, Dawlish Warren and Langstone Rock, Devon - Geology of the Wessex Coast, Field Guide". Southampton University. Retrieved 2009-07-10. 

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Coordinates: 50°36′18″N 3°26′00″W / 50.60500°N 3.43333°W / 50.60500; -3.43333