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Ash Barton Estate. Braunton. North Devon

Birdwatching Holiday in North Devon

If twitching is your thing, this area of North Devon is ideal for birdwatching holidays and trips.

Just a couple of miles down the road from Ash Barton is Braunton Burrows, one of the largest sand dune areas in the UK and Britain’s first Unseco biosphere reserve. Over 100 species of bird have been recorded here including the more unusual Lesser Whitethroat, the Garden Warbler and the Spotted Flycatcher. At the bottom of the Braunton Burrows is Crow Point, a popular spot for migrating wading birds. While on the other side of the estuary is the RSPB’s Isley Marsh, a tranquil saltmarsh for feeding and resting birds. 

If you want to venture further afield, catch a two-hour ferry from Bideford to Lundy Island, and between March and June you’ll see up to 35 species of bird nesting on the island. Binoculars at the ready.

Birdwatching spots near Ash Barton

  • Braunton Burrows 2 miles
  • Crow Point 5 miles
  • Isley Marsh 11 miles
  • North Devon Coastal Path from Morthoe21 miles
  • Lundy Island 24 miles

Where to start. Amazing grounds, fantastic house, brilliant barn and pool. There was something for all ages! Pete is an absolute angel and Milie is just adorable. What would we have done without them both. We would be back in a flash. Let’s hope our lottery numbers come up soon! If we had room in our car we would kidnap both Pete and Millie! ...

Vicky, Nigel and Alex

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