Steven Cheshire (WWT) 2012
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, mouse maze, bird watching hides, Education garden, Sensory garden, as well as an under-cover picnic area. 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 the Onyx Nature Trail which guides you around the wildlife habitats of the nature reserve.
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?
- Listen to birdsong
- Bird watch from our hides
- Build a den in the woods
- Enjoy tea and cake in the cafe
- Seek out fungi
- Become a minibeast detective
- Watch the serene swans
- Hold a birthday party
Something to look for every season
- Spring spotter sheet
- Summer flowers spotter sheet or Summer woodland spotter sheet
- Autumn spotter sheet
- Winter spotter sheet
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! Afterwards you can browse our ecology and wildlife library, we have lots of books to loan or to read on the day. If you’d rather buy a book to keep then we have a wide selection available in our gift shop. The shop is also well stocked with animal homes, bird seed, bird feeders and an extensive range of gifts and confectionery.
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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