Northam Burrows Country Park

Northam Burrows Country Park

  • Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Site of Scientific Interest
  • Visitor Centre
  • Parking and refreshments

Northam Burrows, now a Country Park, lies at the western edge of the Taw Torridge Estuary and lies within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Burrows forms an integral part of the newly designated United Nations Biosphere Reserve. It had its origins in Saxon times , when it was the Manorial Wasteland.

It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is about 253 hectares of grassy coastal plain with salt marsh, sand dunes and generally unimproved grasslands. It is also a Grazing Common, with the Residents of the Old Manor of Northam having grazing rights. It is also the site on which the oldest Golf Club in England, still playing on its original Course (founded 1864), has its "Links". The Clubhouse being on private land outside the Common.

Lying at the entrance to the Taw-Torridge Estuary, Northam Burrows supports a range of coastal habitats. These include saltmarsh, a cobble ridge and a system of sand dunes that is rich in plants including lady’s bedstraw and wild thyme. Wet grassland and dune slacks are also present, and are home to such species as yellow iris and the rare water germander. Thickets of hawthorn and bramble further enhance the diversity of the park.

There is a Visitor Centre with exhibitions, toilets, small gifts, a programme of walks/talks in season is available plus booked educational visits.

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