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Several kilometres long, the village borders Braunton Burrows, the heart of North Devon's Biosphere Reserve, the first "new style" UNESCO-designated Biosphere Reserve. Its beach Saunton Sands is part of the Taw-Torridge Estuary.
In 1994 termites, of the species Reticulitermes grassei, were identified in two bungalows in Saunton. Anecdotal evidence suggests the infestation could date back 70 years before the official identification. In 1998 Termite Eradication Programme was set-up, with the intention of containing and eradicating the colony. In 2021 the UK’s Termite Eradication Programme announced the eradication of the colony, the first time a country has eradicated termites.
The Saunton Surf Life Saving Club is based here.
The South West Coast Path National Trail runs through the village, and gives access to walks along the rugged North Devon coast.
Saunton Down lies within the North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Served by Stagecoach 308 bus service between Barnstaple, Croyde and Georgeham
- Pidd, Helen (21 December 2021). "'A world first': Devon calls victory in 27-year war on termites". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 22 December 2021. Retrieved 22 December 2021.
- "Termite monitoring and eradication programme - BRE Group". BRE Group. 13 December 2020. Archived from the original on 22 December 2021. Retrieved 22 December 2021.
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