Brandon Reach. Credit Dan Loveard

Brandon Reach. Credit Dan Loveard

Brandon Reach bluebells 2019

Credit Louise Barrack

Brandon Reach - a rich and wild addition to Brandon Marsh that will bring people closer to nature, in a land rich in wildlife. Brandon Reach was named to link it to Brandon Marsh and to demonstrate its reach into the wider landscape. The new addition increases our footprint in this area to 178 hectares - bigger than London's Hyde Park!

Location

Brandon Lane, opposite Brandon Marsh
Coventry
CV3 3GW

OS Map Reference

SP386761
A static map of Brandon Reach

Know before you go

Size
62 hectares

Entry fee

No (there is a fee to enter Brandon Marsh opposite)

Parking information

Park in our Brandon Marsh car park and please do not block driveways and emergency access points.

Bicycle parking

Yes, at Brandon Marsh Nature Centre

Grazing animals

Yes, on land between Brandon lane and railway line

Walking trails

Unsurfaced footpaths may become difficult underfoot during wet weather

Access

The main access is opposite the entrance to Brandon Marsh on Brandon Lane.  Please take care when crossing Brandon Lane and keep little people and pets under control along the driveway. Currently there is a complex of permissive unsurfaced footpaths around the site but in the future access will be improved through the installation of DDA-compliant kissing gates and waymarkers. 

Dogs

Under effective control
Dogs under close control permitted on Brandon Reach, but not at Brandon Marsh so please keep on a lead until across on site. Please take your dog waste home with you

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

All year round

About the reserve

The addition of this land in 2019 expands the wild and wonderful habitat, protected by us and Brandon Marsh Voluntary Conservation Team for wildlife and people. Brandon Reach is a rich mix of ancient, post-industrial woodland that has given rise to a rich mosaic of habitats from grassland, scrub and early successional woodland through to the mature, ancient woodland of Piles Coppice. 

Nestled next to Brandon Wood, Brandon Reach and Piles Coppice provide a wild landscape for adventure and exploration.  A wide variety of wildlife can be found across Brandon Reach and due to its different habitats you might spot anything from the greater spotted woodpecker to a grass snake.  Different times of year give rise to an abundance of changing colours from the rich blue carpets of bluebells in the spring, to the myriad of browns and copper tones of the autumn across the woodland areas.  It truly is a wonderful and inspiring site!  In these early days, the Trust are looking to increase positive engagement opportunities for visitors and the local community whilst safeguarding and enhancing this fantastic reserve on the doorstep of Coventry.

Scroll down to watch our film introducing Brandon Reach and Piles Coppice! 

Location map

Brandon Marsh and Brandon Reach map

Simon Watts / WILD Presentations

Kingfisher Guides Welcome to Coventry and Warwickshire logo

 

Our Brandon Reach reserve is featured in the local Kingfisher Guide to Coventry and Warwickshire