Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve, the visitor centre and Badgers Kitchen will all reopen on April 12th, 2021.
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 email@example.com or 02476 302 912.
Know before you go
Entry feeAdults - £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 informationCar park available
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.
Relatively flat and wheelchair-friendly, with some wheelchair accessible paths. Some areas can be muddy.
When to visit
Opening timesBrandon 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 visitApril 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
- Spring spotter sheet
- Summer flowers or Summer woodland spotter sheet
- Autumn spotter sheet
- Winter woodland spotter sheet
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!
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!
Well-stocked with wildlife books, animal homes, bird seed, bird feeders and an extensive range of gifts and confectionery.
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.
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