Signposts at Brandon Marsh

Steven Cheshire

Brandon Marsh pool

Steven Cheshire


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Children pond dipping

Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve reopened on the 14th of July! Our opening times have changed so please visit this page to find out more.

Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve is set in 220 acres and features a wide variety of large pools, bird hides, woodland walks and wildflower meadows.

This former quarry has been transformed into a European Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) - home to a number of iconic species including kingfisher, cuckoos and otter. The reserve is also frequented by visiting osprey, pied flycatcher and other rare migratory species.

The Visitor Centre is a great place to start your visit, and includes a tea room and well-stocked gift shop. The accessible network of paths and boardwalks allow visitors to explore pools, reedbeds and woodlands and get closer to nature.


Brandon Lane

OS Map Reference

SP 386 761
A static map of Brandon Marsh

Know before you go

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


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.


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


Guide dogs only


Visitor centre
Bird hides
Picnic area
Disabled toilet
Baby changing facilities

When to visit

Opening times

The opening hours are restricted at the current time and the nature reserve is not open every day. Please find more details here:

Current opening hours (from Thu 3rd September):
Mondays and Tuesdays: closed
Wednesday – Sunday: 9:30am-3:30pm.
Fridays: Open at 7:30am for members.

Badgers Tearoom will be offering a takeaway and eat-in service between 9:30am-2:30pm.

Coach Groups
Brandon Marsh can be very busy when events are taking place or when we have school visits. We recommend that you contact us at least 48 hours prior to your visit to ensure there is parking available for your bus or coach.

Best time to visit

All year round

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 always making improvements, especially in 2020 as we celebrate 50 years. We're now asking to see membership cards when you enter Brandon Marsh, so we can monitor visitor flow and improve your experience. Just ask staff for further details. Thanks for your co-operation!

Find out more about Wildlife Trust 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!


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

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