Dawlish Inner Warren nature reserve
Mudflats and beach at Dawlish Inner Warren nature reserve
Devon Wildlife Trust
Part of the massive Dawlish Warren sand spit at the mouth of the River Exe. This reserve is a vital home and migratory stopping off place for thousands of wading birds and wildfowl.
Our Dawlish Inner Warren nature reserve forms part of a massive sand spit which reaches out across the mouth of the River Exe.
This is one of the South West's best birdwatching locations. A dedicated bird hide brings you close to the action.
Best for birds
'The Warren', as it is known, and its surrounding mudflats, is a vital feeding ground for thousands of wading birds and wildfowl. In spring and autumn it acts as a stopover site for migrating birds. Look out for a long list including sandwich terns, Arctic terns, curlews, black- and bar-tailed godwits, brent geese and red-breasted mergansers.
Elsewhere, Inner Warren is the only British home to the tiny Warren crocus.
Much of Inner Warren is used as a golf course and so access is restricted, but we do run open days. Access to the Outer Warren is open to the public. This part of the site is managed by Teignbridge District Council.