Signposts at Brandon Marsh

Steven Cheshire

Brandon Marsh pool

Steven Cheshire

Kingfishers

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Children pond dipping

Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve, the visitor centre and Badgers Kitchen will all reopen on April 12th, 2021.

Brandon Marsh has reopened!

We want to say a massive thank you to every one of you for your patience whilst the reserve was closed and we can’t wait to welcome you back.

Following on from the latest government guidance, we are excited to announce that Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve, the visitor centre and the Badgers Kitchen reopened on Monday 12th April, 2021. We will be open 7 days a week, operating our regular summer opening hours of: 9.30am-4.30pm Monday-Friday and 10am-4.30pm Saturday and Sunday. Members out of hours access was also reinstated from Monday 12th April, 2021.

Toilets will be open during visitor centre opening hours, however bird hides will remain shut in line with government guidance on mixing within indoor spaces. As it is nesting season it is essential that everyone sticks to the paths and does not access the areas in front of the bird hides or other conservation areas to ensure there is no disturbance to nesting birds.

We will not be operating a booking system, but ask that all visitors adhere to government guidelines once on site, park considerately in the carpark and please do ask a member of staff in the visitor centre if you have any questions. All visitors will need to wear a face covering when in the visitor centre, unless exempt.

The team have used lockdown to make some changes to the layout and look of the visitor centre to allow for better social distancing and improvements to the area between the shop and the reserve. Entry and exit will be via the visitor centre, please follow the one way system and social distancing measures in place. The café will be operating a take away service from the courtyard until they are able to reopen the indoor seating area once again.

Our café facilities are under new management. Badger’s Kitchen will be operating a take away service from the courtyard until they are able to reopen the indoor seating area once again. We’re really excited to introduce you to a new team with a fantastic new menu and would love you all to come in, say hello and try their delicious food and drinks.

Once again, thank you for your support and your patience through the last few months and we can’t wait to see you all exploring our wonderful nature reserve once more.

If you have any queries, please contact us on enquiries@wkwt.org.uk or 02476 302 912.

Location

Brandon Lane
Coventry
CV3 3GW

OS Map Reference

SP 386 761
A static map of Brandon Marsh

Know before you go

Size
92 hectares

Entry fee

Adults - £3.50. Concessions - £2.50. Children (under 4’s free) - £2.00. Family (2 adults up to 3 children) - £9.00. Free to Wildlife Trust members with a valid membership card.

Parking information

Car park available

Grazing animals

No

Walking trails

Access outside visitor centre opening times for members only. Some paths are accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs, such as the Kingfisher Trail, which takes 40 minutes and the Woodpecker Trail, which takes 20 minutes. The reserve can get muddy and some areas are known to flood. Keep scrolling to download a map or pick up a copy from the visitor centre during opening hours.

Access

Relatively flat and wheelchair-friendly, with some wheelchair accessible paths. Some areas can be muddy. 

Dogs

Guide dogs only
Assistance dogs only

Facilities

Visitor centre
Bird hides
Toilets
Shop
Cafe/refreshments
Picnic area
Accessible toilet
Baby changing facilities
Wifi
Disabled parking

When to visit

Opening times

Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve, the visitor centre and the Badgers Kitchen will all be reopening on Monday 12th April, 2021.

We will be open 7 days a week, operating our regular summer opening hours of: 9.30am-4.30pm Monday-Friday and 10am-4.30pm Saturday and Sunday.

Members out of hours access will also be reinstated from Monday 12th April 2021.

Best time to visit

April to October

About the reserve

The nature reserve

Brandon Marsh is well known for the variety and quality of its pools, reedbeds, grassland and woodland. The large pools were created by gravel extraction and attract a huge variety of birds and other wildlife. There are nine hides throughout the reserve where you can get up close to the resident wildlife.  

Become a member and enjoy free entry all year round! We're now asking to see membership cards when you enter Brandon Marsh, so we can monitor visitor flow. Just ask staff for further details. Thanks for your co-operation!

Find out more about membership here

What can I do?

  • Listen for birdsong
  • Bird watch from our hides
  • Build a den in the woods
  • Enjoy tea and cake in the tea room
  • Seek out fungi
  • Become a minibeast detective
  • Watch the serene swans 
  • Hold a birthday party

Something to look for in every season

The Visitor Centre

Relax in our peaceful orchard, climb inside a harvest mouse's nest in Mouse Manor, watch for your favourite birds from one of our hides and explore the education and sensory gardens.

Younger children can hunt for hidden plaques on the brass rubbing trail to create colourful pictures on their rubbing sheet. Then it's off to the Nature Trails to explore the wildlife habitats of the nature reserve.

If you're a first-time visitor, remember to ask at reception for a map!

Events

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

Gift Shop

Well-stocked with wildlife books, animal homes, bird seed, bird feeders and an extensive range of gifts and confectionery.

Badgers Tearoom

Watch the birds on our busy feeders and live nestcams as you enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of cake in Badgers Tearoom. The tearoom serves hot and cold drinks, fresh cakes, salads, paninis and jacket potatoes. If you drop by before 11:45am you can enjoy the famous full breakfast! 

The Education Centre

Our purpose-built classroom welcomes school visits for a variety of curriculum-related activities. Outside we have a lovely education garden, with a mud kitchen for messy play. We also have children's activities during the school holidays, and host Really Wild Birthday Parties.

Hosting a meeting?

Book our barn or other rooms for your meeting or conference! Find out more about our room rates and facilities available.  

Share Your Experience  

Please share your experience of Brandon Marsh Nature Centre with others by posting your feedback on TripAdvisor

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

Location map

Downloadable map for Brandon Marsh and Brandon Reach

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