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Brandon Marsh

England, Warwickshire

Overview

Brandon Marsh is located near Coventry in Warwickshire, and is maintained by the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust. It is 200 acres in size, has 10 main pools, 30 acres of open water and 7 hides. The reserve has wetland, reedbeds, grassland and woods.

Birds

Notable Species

220 bird species recorded here.

Rarities

Occasional Osprey and quite often Bitterns are seen.

2008 also saw a number of Black Terns showing occasionally. February 2009 has also seen the arrival of a pair of Cape Shelduck, one of which is suspected to be a Cape/Australian hybrid. An Emperor/Lesser White Fronted hybrid goose has been seen on many occasions.

Check-list

Birds you can see here include:


The excellent The unofficial Guide to Brandon Marsh website lists some 227 species which have been recorded on the reserve.

Other Wildlife

Photo by kevinandseri
Brandon Marsh Vegetation

There are a number of mammal species at Brandon Marsh. most notably Badgers, Muntjac Deer, Fox, as well as bat boxes in abundance. We (Kevin and Seri) have also spotted American Mink, a highly destructive species, and Otters have been reported recently..

There is also a profusion of fish species in the ponds, including Perch, Carp and Pike

Site Information

History and Use

To do

Areas of Interest

To do

Access and Facilities

Off A46 near Coventry.
Southbound A45, 1st left after Tolbar Island(A46)

There are several good hides and even a coffee shop and visitor centre.

Grid Ref SP386761
OS Map 139

Contact Details

To do

External Links



Content and images originally posted by CORVUS1

Reviews

Arthur John's review

I was surprised to find no reviews of this excellent site. The site is usually busy with birders (obviously keeping it to themselves). Last time I went, there were breeding pairs of tern and oystercatcher, plus many other water and woodland birds.

teamsaint's review

The pools weren't full of birds although there were Tufted Duck, Shoveler, Pochard, Mallard, G. C. Grebe, Gadwall, Teal and Ruddy Duck present. There were also Brambling, Common and Mealy Redpolls, Siskin, Linnet and Chaffinch in the woodland. Pros

Cons

  • Low wildfowl numbers.

hazzeryoda's review

Managed to see two Kingfishers on my last outing along with Reed Buntings and even a Cetti's Warbler. Bitterns can be seen by the patient also.

A great reserve.

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