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.
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. The herd, which is predominantly made up of Devon Reds, currently includes over 90 pregnant cows and an increasing number of calves. Hence there are a lot of big bellies on show Fact for the day a cow’s pregnancy lasts around 10 months! Unlike modern cattle breeds, the Devon Red is a ‘traditional’ breed.
It is known for its hardiness and ability to thrive by grazing on marginal land, which is why it has a conservation brauntom on the Burrows,helping with the managing of scrub. The Burrows is owned by Christie Estates, and although it welcomes the public to use it freely, it requests that users follow some simple guidelines in return.
For dog walkers this means: Keeping dogs on leads around cattle and under close control at all times. In the coming months burrkws will be many more newborn calves on the Burrows.
These are often hidden for hours at a time while mothers graze and this is the main reason we ask dogs to be on leads around cows. Even the best natured dog can spook a cow through its inquisitiveness or by bounding around. Once spooked a calf can become separated from its mother and each year a number of them die as a result.
Despite the placid nature of the Devon Red, there is always an unpredictability when new calves are around, and over the years there have been isolated incidents of cows behaving aggressively when their space has been invaded by dogs.
To avoid the cattle altogether, head to Zone 1 or 3. If you’re in Zone 2, please respect the guidelines.
In the meantime, enjoy the sight of this majestic and Devon through and through breed which calls the Burrows home! Some photos from the amazing Pages of the Sea event on Saunton Beach yesterday to mark the th anniversary of the Armistice.
Please be advised that cows are now grazing in ZONE 2. New signage on main gates and stiles reflects the situation. Always check this page for the very latest grazing zone updates. Visitors to ZONE 1 will have noticed extensive scrub clearance works being carried out in a number of slacks. 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.
New contractors, Aider UK Ltd, a company with ecological credentials, is carrying out the task. The scrub is being cleared in slacks in large swathes pictured is the view from Fox Slack post-cleara The latter involves the use of a range of cutting devices – from remote controlled Robocut machines pictured to access steep and hard to get to areas, toppers and chainsaws in sensitive areas – for example to cut around apple trees.
In coming weeks activities will appear quite destructive – as excavators get to work on the tops of dunes that are too steep to access with tractors. These works are targeting the roots of Sea Buckthorn bushes which cover the dune tops – growing up to 12 ft high in places. The works are brutal, but necessary. The cleared ground will give space and light for many of the Burrows’ native flower and plant species to thrive such as the Wild Thyme in the photo.
The roots and cleared branches, laden with berries containing the seeds that get blown on the wind to rest and germinate into new bushes, will be stacked and burnt before the end of the scrub clearing season.
While works are taking place,please be observant in ZONE 1. Temporary signs will warn of works that may pose a risk to members of the public using the Burrows. Please note cattle have been removed from ZONE 3 for a few days.
Signage will remain unchanged as this is only a temporary measure, but until further notice all zones are cattle free. A September snapshot from the Burrows. At first sight this picture taken in Adder Slack, Zone 1 appears to capture a Meadow Brown butterfly landing on a flower.
Look closely however and you will see there is a whole different capture taking place From September various scrub management works will be taking place on the Burrows starting in Zone 1.
This involves clearing sections where invasive species including Sea Buckthorn and Japanese Rose are taking over and having a detrimental effect on the native plant life of the sand dune system for which the Burrows is internationally renowned. Sea Buckthorn is a thorny shrub that produces orange berries. It was introduced on the Burro However, its prolific growth creates dense thickets vraunton block pathways, change the nutrient content of the soil and shade out other plants and flowers.
Japanese Rose, a native burows southeast Asia, may produce pretty flowers but it also has a dramatic effect on the ecosystem of a habitat such as the Burrows when left unchecked. Its seeds are spread by birds and animals and once it takes root it will also develop into dense thickets.
Now the bird nesting season is over, clearance work will also target native scrub species including brambles, privet, willow and birch. Once cleared, subsequent livestock grazing helps to keep scrub levels down and under control.
While clearance works are ugly brauunton the short term – often giving the impression of unbridled destruction – they are well planned and comprehensively managed in the interests of the health of the Burrows habitat.
Left unchecked, such scrub growth would be very destructive in the long term, rendering large swathes of the Burrows impassable as the photo of Sea Buckthorn growing over the path indicates.
These allow Burrows visitors to get an impression of what unrestricted scrub growth looks like. Cattle are currently grazing in ZONE 3.
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Please keep dogs on a lead around livestock in this zone. From today cattle will be on the move. Free parking and refreshments for participants. Register at the bottom of the slipway.
Big Saunton Beach Clean this Sunday, 11 – 1pm. Register at bottom of the slipway. Plastic, built to last and last and last Chase down every wrapper in the breeze and put it in its rightful place! Want to find out more about the Burrows flora and fauna?
Free Nature Walk – 6. Meet in Sandy Lane car park. Every Friday through the summer. The Burrows team would like to congratulate Steph and Max on taking over the management of the Sandy Lane car park. Already well known faces to regulars we look forward to working with them and wish them all the best with their new venture! The new car park o We wish them the best of luck! However, do be aware that any Saunton Beach season ticket sold after July 1stwill only be valid for the Saunton beach car park.
Signage will be changed to reflect the new situation early next week. A great event at the weekend celebrating the Burrows’ history!
The military convoy drove through the Burrows and participants paid their respects by laying wreaths at the Landing Craft in Zone 3. From -the dunes were the hub for the Assault Training Center, where American soldiers were schooled in the skills they would need for the D-Day invasion.
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Remanants of that era include the landing craft, bazooka wall and the ‘American Road’. Thanks to our sponsors and supporters: While this will not cause any disruption, routes will be signified by signs and markers any of which will be removed after the event. Enjocy the May sunshine! The Burrows booklet has guided walks, information and an I Spy section for brauntoj kids!
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You help us pick it up and we will load it up and shift it off the beach for good! Photo of gateway to Zone 2 from the weekend. Spot the deliberate mistake. Devon D-Day at Saunton Sands.
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