Berry Head

About this route

The towering cliffs and rocky headland of Berry Head are the wildlife gems of Torbay. The extensive areas of limestone grassland and scrub are home to many rare plants including white rock-rose, small restharrow, autumn squill and a range of orchids. In all, around 500 plant species have been recorded. There is also much to interest bird watchers. The sea cliffs support the largest guillemot colony along the south coast of England (reaching over 1000 birds). Kittiwakes and fulmars regularly breed here and areas of scrub provide shelter for whitethroats. Caves support an important population of rare greater horseshoe bats.

Getting Around

On foot: The South West Coast Path runs through the site.

By train and bus: There is a mainline train station at nearby Paignton and bus services from Brixham to Berry Head, see www.journeydevon.info.

By car: Accessed from Brixham there is a pay and display car park here.

Facilities
Visitor centre with toilets, refreshments and live CCTV pictures of the guillemot colony during the summer.
Terrain
Flat easy walking path from car park to Berry Head. Alternatively the coastal footpath route has some cliff edges.
Accessibility

Interesting information

Berry Head is a National Nature Reserve (NNR) and within a Special Area of Conservation (SAC).

Copyright Steve Daniels - Licenced for reuse - see geograph.org.uk
Copyright Steve Daniels - Licenced for reuse - see geograph.org.uk

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