Know before you go
Entry feeNo (there is a fee to enter Brandon Marsh opposite)
Parking informationPark in our Brandon Marsh car park and please do not block driveways and emergency access points.
Bicycle parkingYes, at Brandon Marsh Nature Centre
Grazing animalsYes, on land between Brandon lane and railway line
Unsurfaced footpaths may become difficult underfoot during wet weather
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.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitAll 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.