Bethel Beach Natural Area Preserve

Bethel Beach Natural Area Preserve is a 105-acre (42 ha) Natural Area Preserve located in Mathews County, Virginia, near the Chesapeake Bay. It contains beach, low dune, and salt marsh habitats, and provides a haven for rare marsh and colonial nesting birds, The preserve also protects habitat for two globally rare species, the northeastern beach tiger beetle and sea-beach knotweed.[2]

Bethel Beach Natural Area Preserve
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
Location within Virginia
LocationMathews County, Virginia
Coordinates37°24′33″N 76°15′8″W[1]
Area105 acres (42 ha)
Governing bodyVirginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

The preserve is owned and maintained by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, and is open to the public; however the preserve is largely undeveloped with the exception of a gravel parking area for visitors.[2]

See also


  1. "Bethel Beach". ProtectedPlanet. United Nations Environment Programme's World Conservation Monitoring Centre. Retrieved December 29, 2016.
  2. "Bethel Beach Natural Area Preserve". Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. Retrieved December 13, 2016.

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