Explore Braunton - The Most Biodiverse Parish in England

North Devon Coast Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

The North Devon Coast Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (NDCAONB) is a stunning coastal area which is nationally protected for the beauty of its landscape. It is made up of several distinct landscape types, each with their own special habitats and geology, including the most vulnerable and beautiful parts of the North Devon UNESCO Biosphere Reserve centred on Braunton and the Taw and Torridge Estuary.

The Finest Countryside in Britain

aonbThe North Devon Coast AONB is one of a family of nationally Protected Landscapes, which include Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and National Parks that have been designated and are the responsibility of Natural England. They include some of the finest countryside in Britain and are protected by law to ensure conservation and enhancement of their natural beauty, not just for the present, but also for future generations.

The North Devon Coast AONB

The North Devon Coast was designated as an AONB in September 1959.  It covers 171 square kilometres (66 square miles) of mainly coastal landscape from the border with Exmoor National Park at Combe Martin, through the mouth of the Taw and Torridge Estuary to the Cornish border at Marsland Mouth.

Much of the Explore Braunton area is within the designated AONB; this includes the coastline around to Croyde Bay and the hills of Saunton Down, which lie behind Braunton Burrows. The extensive sand dune at Braunton Burrows is designated AONB and is considered to be perhaps the jewel in the crown of AONB designation.


explore braunton, the most biodiverse parish in england - a north devon aonb project