Boost for Brandon Marsh nature reserve

Tuesday 27th March 2018

Brandon Marsh nature reserve pool Steven Cheshire

Our Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve has received a welcome boost thanks to the generosity of holidaycottages.co.uk

Brandon Marsh Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) is our flagship nature reserve. Attracting over 35,000 visitors a year, this nationally important wetland caters for everyone from the most avid wildlife enthusiast to the nature tot! Around the Visitor Centre you’ll find the orchard, education garden and sensory garden. Visitors can explore mouse manor, woven from willow with its stunning harvest mouse nest which is big enough to climb into! Just outside the front of the Visitor Centre is a new, family-friendly, accessible bird hide called ‘the Hideout’ which overlooks busy bird feeders. 

The all-access Nature Trails guide visitors around the wildlife habitats of the nature reserve. The Woodpecker Trail is a short loop which heads back to the visitor centre from the Wright hide and takes around 20 minutes. The Kingfisher Trail is a full loop taking around 40 minutes with fun, wildlife-themed actions to keep everyone entertained. For those who wish to explore further there are other paths leading to many bird hides throughout the 220 acre site which includes lakes, grassland and woodland.

Copyright Ian Jelley


Photo © Ian Jelley, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust

With such an extensive array of visitor facilities and habitat for the rarest of wildlife, Brandon Marsh needs a lot of tender loving care. Warwickshire Wildlife Trust works with a dedicated group of volunteers that help to manage the visitor centre and wider nature reserve, and there is enough work to keep them busy all year round! The Trust has recently benefited from a generous donation from holidaycottages.co.uk who were impressed by everything that Brandon Marsh has to offer. Hannah Jury from the firm explains “Nature and wildlife are crucial to UK tourism ,and we hope to ensure that the UK’s landscapes remain as wonderful places to be enjoyed by people and wildlife alike in the years to come by supporting the work of the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust. We’re delighted to support the Trust’s work at Brandon Marsh, a thriving nature reserve which is much-loved by the public – by becoming a supporter we hope this special place will continue to be protected and cared for.”

Ian Jelley, Director of Living Landscapes at Warwickshire Wildlife Trust added “We were delighted to accept the generous donation of £500 from holidaycottages.co.uk towards the management of Brandon Marsh. The Trust works hard to ensure that Brandon Marsh is a home for some of the rarest species in Warwickshire, and a place where local people can be inspired by getting closer to nature. Support from companies like holidaycottages.co.uk make a huge difference to our work and enable us to safeguard threatened species and continue to provide an excellent experience for all of our visitors.” 


Photo © Louise Barrack, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust