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The sand dunes at Braunton Burrows and Northam Burrows in North Devon have been designated as Internationally important by UNESCO. It is the first site in the UK to be made a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The Biosphere Reserve has a core area centred on Braunton Burrows, stretching out into what are called buffer zones and the transitional areas, to include Braunton Marshes and great Fields, Northam Burrows, Kipling Tors, Croyde Dunes and the Taw and Torridge Estuary.
There is a strong local tradition of respect for the land and sea and a warm welcome to the like minded visitors wanting to look, learn and appreciate.
Braunton Countryside Centre is the main visitor centre that houses displays and information on North Devon's internationally acclaimed Biosphere Reserve that includes the vast sand dunes of Braunton Burrows, the historic Braunton Great Field, the coastal grazing land of Braunton Marsh and the Taw/Torridge estuary. The Centre helps visitors to appreciate and enjoy these special places with attractive displays that include a marine tank with many live rock pool creatures, a freshwater tank with live sticklebacks, photographic displays of the spectacular flora and fauna and video showings. The Centre is run entirely by local volunteers and is funded solely by voluntary donations.
Braunton Countryside Centre Illustrated Talks and Braunton Biosphere Walks

The North Devon Coast was designated an AONB in 1959 and is comprised of two defined Heritage Coasts and covers approximately 171 sq. km.
The Hartland and North Devon Heritage Coasts together with the North Devon Biosphere Reserve make up one of the finest 'Protected Landscapes' in England.
North Devon Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

North Devon Biosphere Official Web site



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