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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 Badgers Tearoom 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 the regular menu - and if you drop by before 11:45am you can enjoy the famous full breakfast! 

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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. 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

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
Best time to visit
Oct - Mar
Apr - Aug
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Opening Times
Visitor Centre

Christmas 2015 Opening Times
Our visitor centre will be open from 10.00am to 4.00pm on 29th, 30th and 31st December 2015 and 1st January 2016. Our normal Winter opening times apply from the 2nd January 2016.

PLEASE NOTE: Although our visitor centre will be open, the shop will be closed on 4th January 2016 for stock taking.

Mon to Fri
9.30 am - 4.00 pm
10.00 am - 4.00 pm

Summer (British Summer Time)
Mon to Fri
9.30 am - 5.00 pm
10.00 am - 5.00 pm

Badgers Tearoom is open 10.00am to 4.00pm throughout the year.

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!

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