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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.

Around the Visitor Centre you’ll find the Orchard, Education garden, Sensory garden, as well as an under-cover picnic area. 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 brand new, family-friendly, accessible bird hide called the Hideout which overlooks our bird feeders. 

Younger children will enjoy our brass rubbing trail: find the brass plaques hidden near the visitor centre to create colourful pictures on your rubbing sheet. Then it's off to our all-access Nature Trails which guide you 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 our many bird hides. 

The Nature 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 eight bird hides throughout the reserve.

What is there to do here?

Something to look for every season


We hold a fantastic range of events at Brandon Marsh from pond dipping for children to art exhibitions, guided walks, wildlife courses and Christmas crafts. Learn a new skill like bushcraft or discover how to identify birds. Book your tickets online

Gift Shop and Badgers Tearoom

Watch the birds on our busy feeders while enjoying a cup of tea and a slice of cake in Badgers Tearoom.

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 the regular menu - and if you drop by before 11:45am you can enjoy the famous full breakfast!  The shop is also well stocked with animal homes, bird seed, bird feeders and an extensive range of gifts and confectionery.

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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. Outside there is our Education garden, which also has a mud kitchen for messy play. 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 sensory garden was official opened in 2012.

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Species and habitats

Grassland, Meadow, Woodland
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

Brandon Lane
Map reference
SP 386 761
Great for...
a family day out
getting away from it all
stunning views
Best time to visit
Jan - Dec
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Opening Times
Visitor Centre

Autumn and Winter
28th October to 31st March
Mon to Fri
9.30 am - 4.00pm
10.00 am - 4.00pm

Spring and Summer
1st April to 30th September
Mon to Fri
9.30 am - 4.30pm
10.00 am - 4.30pm

Badgers Tearoom is open 10.00am to 4.00pm throughout the year. Please note hot food is served until 3.30pm, drinks until 3.45pm.

Admission Charge
£2.50 for adults, (£1 per child - under 4's enter free), £1.50 concessions, £6 per family (2 Adults and up to 3 children (under 16).
FREE ENTRY to all Wildlife Trust members - don't forget to bring a valid Wildlife Trust membership card for free entry!

Coach Groups
Brandon Marsh can be very busy at certain times of year, when events are taking place or when we have school visits. We recommend that you contact us at least 48 hours prior to your visit to ensure there is parking available for your bus/coach.

Want to become a member?
Find out more about Wildlife Trust membership here.
Gift shop
Visitor centre
Picnic facilities
Disabled toilet
Baby changing
92.30 hectares
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

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.
Large surfaced car park at reserve.
Guide dogs only
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Karl Curtis
Tel: 024 7630 2912 from reserve pages