Berry Head National Nature Reserve
Berry Head NNR is a limestone headland on the south side of Torbay, and is home to rare wildlife. It is made up of two separate areas,the Berry Head promontory and Sharkham Point, which are separated by St Mary’s Bay. One of Berry Head’s specialities is the cirl bunting, one of Britain’s most threatened songbirds, which is seen all year round, but particularly in winter when flocks feed on path edges. Up to 1,000 guillemots breed on the cliffs from March to June. They can also be seen early in the morning from mid-October to March. The adder is seen throughout the summer, but it hibernates in winter and only becomes active around April while looking for mates. Its zig-zag pattern camouflages it incredibly well against bracken. Look out for it on sunny days basking on warm rocky outcrops in quiet areas of the reserve.
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With magnificent coastlines, two historic cities and the world-famous Dartmoor National Park, Devon sums up all that is best about the British landscape. For centuries it has been a fashionable and much loved holiday destination – especially south Devon’s glorious English Riviera.
Close to the English Riviera lies Dartmoor, one of the south-west’s most spectacular landscapes. The National Park, which contains Dartmoor, covers 365 square miles and includes many fascinating geological features – isolated granite tors and two summits exceeding 2,000 feet among them.
Not surprisingly, in Dartmoor the walking opportunities are enormous. Cycling in the two National Parks is also extremely popular and there is a good choice of off-road routes taking you to the heart of Dartmoor and Exmoor. Devon’s towns and cities offer stimulating alternatives to the rigours of the countryside.
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