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Claybrookes Marsh

One of the most important areas for rare invertebrates in the county

Once known as Herald Way Marsh, this reserve is one of the most important areas for rare invertebrates in the county. Originally it would have been grassland and a natural marsh but for much of the twentieth century it formed the railhead for Binley Colliery. As a result, a wide range of habitats have developed from the relics of the original marsh to bare ground and dry grassland. Later, industrial development was forestalled by discoveries of 49 nationally and regionally scarce insects, and the site was given SSSI status, saving it from destruction.


The reserve offers a splendid range of habitats to a host of wildlife. Bare ground provides a range of weedy plants and sanctuary for bees, wasps and beetles. Grassland, with flowers such as bird’s-foottrefoil and hare’s-foot clover and drifts of Yorkshire-fog attract local butterfly species such as marbled white and small heath. Common spotted-orchid, yellow loosestrife and tutsan add further botanical diversity.


Small pools display a dozen dragonfly species in June and hide common frog, toad and smooth newt amongst the purpleloosestrife, rushes and reeds.

Nearby nature reserves

Brandon Marsh SSSI Nature Reserve and Visitor Centre
1 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
Stoke Floods
1 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
Stonebridge Meadows
2 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

On the south east edge of Coventry, off the A428 Binley Road, turn south into Willenhall Lane, then 3rd left into Grange Avenue

Map reference
SP 380 769
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Best time to visit
Mar - Sep
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12.90 hectares

Walking information
Relatively flat, soft patches, floods in winter
Park on Grange Avenue and Oak Lane
Dogs must be on lead
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Reserve manager
Karl Curtis
Tel: 02476 302912