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 church itself is known for the 16th century carvings on bfaunton bench ends – some of the finest to be seen in the country.

Northam Burrows estuary environments. Big Saunton Beach Clean this Sunday, 11 – 1pm. 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.

These works are targeting the roots of Sea Buckthorn bushes which cover the dune tops – growing up to 12 ft high in places. Even the best natured dog can spook a cow through its inquisitiveness or by bounding around.

The area is closed for 10 days per year for military training. Brannoc founded a chapel at Braunton in the 6th century. First-time visitors to Braunton Burrows are utterly amazed by the breath-taking scale of the sand dunes that gives them their name. 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.

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The spread of myxomatosis resulted in rabbit population decline and consequent encroachment of species rich turf by scrub species such as privet Ligustrum vulgare and heather Calluna vulgaris. Braunton Burrows Public Information added 8 new photos. You help us pick it up and we will load it up and shift it off the beach for good! The more isolated parts of the Burrows are noted for naturism. Take a walk through Zone 2 at the moment and you will encounter the Burrows herd grazing peacefully in the slacks and on the slopes of the dunes.

New contractors, Aider UK Ltd, a company with ecological credentials, is carrying out the task. From September various scrub management works will be taking place on the Burrows starting in Zone 1.

At first sight this picture taken in Adder Slack, Zone 1 appears to capture a Meadow Brown butterfly landing burrows a flower. This theme is reflected in the present church at Braunton.

Braunton Burrows

A great many dogs are exercised on the Burrows each day and, if none of their faeces were picked up, this would result in several tonnes being deposited on ecologically sensitive ground. Register at bottom of the slipway. Views Read Edit View history. Behind the Marram grass covered sand dune system is the famous archaeological site of Braunton Great Fieldan unusual relic of Medieval open-field cultivation.

Lasting from September to February these works are focusing on clearing areas of scrub, cutting back to levels which can then be grazed by cattle. What makes Braunton Burrows unique is its rich diversity of plant and animal life, with species of flowering plant including 11 species of orchid alone. It was closed in as it was difficult to find men and horses to launch the boat following World War I.


Every acre was needed for exercise and for rehearsals using live ammunition, explosives, tanks, artillery and air support — all of which became features of the US Assault Training Centre.

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Dog Walking Braunton Burrows are prime dog-walking country but please do keep your dog under control — ground nesting birds are vulnerable to disturbance and there may be livestock grazing in certain areas. Braunton on Devon’s north coast is thought to be the braubton village in England.

It hosts an extraordinarily diverse plant community, with over recorded species of vascular plants.

Though the building is mainly a 13th-century structure, there is a carving of a sow and her farrow on one of the churches carved roof bosses. Probably the best view of the dunes can be seen from Saunton Sands Hotel.

The trust therefore opposed the introduction of sheep and cattle to the site. Look closely however and you will see there is a whole different capture taking place One such track is the old ferry way, which extended from the south end of Sandy Lane across the back of the dunes to the White House near Crow Point.