Brandon Marsh Voluntary Conservation Team at work
The day to day management of Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve is carried out by the Brandon Marsh Voluntary Conservation Team (BMVCT) consistent with the current Brandon Marsh SSSI Management Plan.
The Team has a work party on the reserve each Thursday throughout the year starting at 9.30am. If you are interested in coming along please contact Alexis Evans, Reserves Volunteering Officer on 024 7630 2912 or by email Alexis.Evans@wkwt.org.uk.
The original Brandon Marsh Conservation Group was founded in 1968 when the first management of the site began even while it was still an active sand and gravel quarry. The diversity of the wildlife, particularly the bird life, resulted in the site becoming a SSSI in 1973.
The Warwickshire Trust took over the management of the reserve in 1980 giving it a long-term future. Following this the Conservation Group became the Brandon Marsh Voluntary Conservation Team and the development of the reserve accelerated.
Seven observation hides now overlook the series of pools and reedbeds and some excellent footpaths offer delightful walks through the reserve’s diverse habitats.
The Newlands Reedbed development commenced in 1998 with phase III recently completed. It was a major project that the Team worked on for a number of years, resulting in an extensive area of reedbed and associated fen habitats. The Team’s ongoing management aim for the site controlling invasive willow to ensure that Brandon Marsh does not become Brandon Wood.
Additionally, the Team maintains the database for all the species of wildlife recorded at Brandon over many years and has published annual reports for well over 60 years.
The latest annual report is available in the Brandon Marsh Visitor Centre.