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Brandon Marsh SSSI Nature Reserve and Visitor Centre

Brandon Marsh Nature Centre is the headquarters of the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust. Set in 220 acres, the Reserve, consists of large pools created by gravel extraction. The Visitor Centre is a great place to visit including a Tea Room and well stocked gift shop.

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Around the Centre you’ll find the orchard, mouse maze, mini-beast homes, bird watching hides, recycled garden and a newly designed sensory garden (link to sensory garden project page) as well as an under-cover picnic area. Then it's off to the Onyx Nature Trail which guides you around the wildlife habitats of the nature reserve.

The Reserve
This reserve contains large areas of pools created by gravel extraction. It consists of reedbeds, willow carr, grassland and woodland. It is outstanding for birds and there are seven bird hides throughout the reserve.

Gift Shop and Badgers Tearoom
At the end of your visit what could be nicer than a cup of tea or snack in our 'Badgers' Tea Room and a leisurely browse around our gift shop. The shop is well stocked with animal homes, bird seed, bird feeders and an extensive range of gifts and books. The tearoom serves a variety of hot and cold beverages, fresh cakes, and a comprehensive menu of snacks and meals. Paninis, Baguettes and Jacket potatoes are just a few examples of our regular menu - and if you drop by before 11:45am you can enjoy our famous full breakfast! 

The Education Centre
Brandon Marsh Nature Centre includes the Lafarge Education Centre - a purpose-built classroom, home to School Visits to Brandon for a variety of curriculum-related activities. We also have children's activities during the school holidays, and even Really Wild Birthday Parties! For grown-ups we also have a programme of Events and guided walks.

The Sensory Garden
After 1500 volunteer hours, the first chapter in the story of how our garden grew is complete with the official opening of the Sensory Garden at Brandon Marsh Visitor Centre on 19th May 2012.

For up-to-date information about visiting Brandon Marsh, call our Visitor Centre Hotline on 024 7630 8999.

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Species and habitats

Habitats
Grassland, Meadow, Woodland
Species
Otter, Bittern, Badger, Great Crested Newt, Long-eared Owl

Nearby nature reserves

Claybrookes Marsh
1 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
Ryton Wood
2 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
Stoke Floods
2 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Brandon Lane
Coventry
Warwickshire
CV3 3GW
Map reference
SP 386 761
Best time to visit
Oct - Mar
Apr - Aug
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Opening Times
Visitor Centre
Mon-Fri 9am-4:30pm
Weekends 10am-4pm
Bank Holiday: 10am-4pm

Christmas 2013:
24th December: Closed from 3pm
25th, 26th and 27th December: Closed all day

28th Dec - 1st January 2014: Open 10am - 4pm.

Admission Charges: £2.50 for adults, (£1 per child - under 4s enter free), £1.50 concessions, £6 per family (2 Adults and up to 3 children (under 16) - FREE to all Wildlife Trust members - don't forget to bring a valid trust membership card for free entry!
Facilities
Gift shop
Visitor centre
Picnic facilities
Toilets
Disabled toilet
Baby changing
Size
92.30 hectares
Status
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Access
Members Only

Access to the reserve outside visitor centre opening times for members only.

Paths around the reserve are accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

Parts of the reserve are known to flood, contact the Trust for more information.
Walking information
Relatively flat and wheelchair friendly; some paths prone to flooding. Can be muddy.
Parking
Large surfaced car park at reserve.
Dogs
Guide dogs only
Grazing animals
No
Reserve manager
Karl Curtis
Tel: 024 7630 2912
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