Taw and Torridge Estuary

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
The two major arms of this estuarine complex, the Rivers Taw and Torridge, enter the sea between the dune systems of Northam and Braunton Burrows, and extend inland as far as Barnstable and Bideford respectively.

First identified in 1989; extended to include Braunton Marsh in 2000. Descriptive text and bird data refer to the 2000 Inventory.

Key biodiversity
The IBA supports a diverse assemblage of wintering wildfowl and waders. It is also nationally important for wintering Tringa nebularia (14 birds, 3%).

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Threats include development proposals for marinas and a holiday village that threaten intertidal areas, recreational demands and disturbance, a proposed tidal defence scheme, inappropriate land and water management (`Other' threat, above) and wildfowling. An estuary management plan was adopted in 1995.

Protected areas
National Partial International NoneIBA partly or wholly overlaps with the following national designated areas. Reserve: Isley Marsh. Sites of Special Scientific Interest: Braunton Burrows, Fremington Quay Cliffs, Northam Burrows, Taw-Torridge Estuary.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Taw and Torridge Estuary. Downloaded from on 21/09/2020.