29th November 2021: Please remember to wear a face covering whilst in our visitor centre, cafe, bird hides and toilets to help protect yourself and others.
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.
If you have any queries, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Bicycle parkingNo bikes or scooters are permitted due to the sensitive nature of the site
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 timesWinter opening hours (Oct-April): 9.30am - 4.00pm Monday-Friday and 10am - 4.00pm Saturday and Sunday
Summer opening hours: 9.30am - 4.30pm Monday-Friday and 10am - 4.30pm Saturday and Sunday.
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
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.
The Badger's Kitchen
Enjoy lunch or a delicious homemade cake and cuppa whilst watching the birds on our busy feeders. Gluten free and vegan options are available. For more details visit the team's website here.
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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