Recent talk: The wildlife and changes on Braunton Burrows

The Taw & Torridge Group indoor meeting was held at our usual venue of The Castle Rooms in Barnstaple on 9 February.

Our speaker was John Breeds,who with his wife Mary, have been involved for many years with the Bio-sphere reserve at Braunton.

John’s talk was on the history and wildlife of the reserve and the changes it has undergone. With plenty of photographs to show how the reserve has altered over the years and more recently, with the heavy storms, the changes to the seaward side of the dunes.

This area is very rich in plants, animals, insects and to a lesser extent birds. Surprisingly it needs more grazing to keep the rank vegetation under control and more rabbits to keep the grass short for the large population of scarce and some rare plants. The pressures on the reserve from people and especially dog walkers makes this a very hard place to manage.  Karen Sims

A very interesting talk from a very knowledgable speaker.