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Bethel Beach Natural Area Preserve

This preserve contains sandy beach, low dune, and salt marsh habitats. Wind and water move sand creating an ever changing habitat on the narrow beach. Rare marsh and colonial nesting birds as well as the globally rare northeastern beach tiger beetle and a globally rare beach plant are protected on the property.

The preserve is open year-round, but access to the southern portion of the property is seasonally restricted from May 1 through September 15 to protect the colonial nesting birds. Dogs must be leashed while on the preserve.

A preserve guide factsheet and map are available to assist in planning your visit. You will need the Adobe Acrobat reader to view and or print this factsheet.

For additional information contact Rebecca Wilson, Chesapeake Bay Region Steward, Department of Conservation and Recreation, Division of Natural Heritage, Richmond, VA (804) 445-9117.

Autumn Grasses at Bethel Beach Autumn Grasses at Bethel Beach