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Braunton Burrows

Nature volume 158, pages 782783 (30 November 1946) | Download Citation



BEAUNTON BURROWS, on the north coast of Devon, a locality of unique characteristics and of great interest to the piologist and countryman, has been in use or milltary training during the War. This oecupamiojnr seems likely to continue. In an article to The Times of November 2, a strong plea is made tnat this area should now be relinquished by the military authorities. For some two and a half centuries the Burrows have claimed the interest of men of science: the mobile dunes are of outstanding interest and provide materials not only for the plant and animal ecologist but also for the physicist, the geographer and the geologist. The flora, which is remarkably rich, includes species of rare occurrence. It also affords materials for the study of adaptation to the extreme conditions presented by the windblown dunes. The fauna, not less attractive, contains among other things many local varieties and species of invertebrates. As the author states: “It is the whole complex of plant and animal populations and the special conditions in which they live that give this place such high scientific value both for urgently needed research and for education, and indeed make it ugjfliue in its kind”.

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