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Open Country
Sat  6.10 - 6.35am
Thurs 1.30 - 2.00pm (rpt)
Local people making their corner of rural Britain unique
This week
Saturday 11 August 2007
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Croyde Bay
Its sweeping coastlines and sheltered beaches have long made Croyde Bay and its surrounding areas popular with holiday makers.
This week, Helen Mark looks beyond the cream teas and surf and finds a hidden stories in the sands. She explores Braunton Burrows – the country’s biggest sand dune system and finds out from local enthusiasts John and Mary Breeds about the unique plants and animals that live there.

Staying in Braunton Burrows, Helen also finds out how this area played a huge role in preparations for the D-Day landings with local historian Andy Byrom. She then gets a birds eye view of the area at Baggy Point, a National Trust property where warden Jonathan Fairhurst shows her around. And Helen gets a lesson about sea urchins with marine awareness officer Caroline Roberts from the North Devon Wildlife Trust.

And finally, Helen does go surfing! Matt Saunders from the Croyde Bay surf club shows her why it’s one of the best surf beaches in the country and even the world. He’s also helped to set up web cams across the area so you can see if the surf is up at any time.
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