Taw and Torridge Estuary

Country/territory: United Kingdom

IBA Criteria met: C7 (2000)
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Area: 1,750 ha

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

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%).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Taw and Torridge Estuary. Downloaded from on 22/03/2023.