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Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve, Coventry

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Brandon Marsh is an Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and nature reserve in Warwickshire, England. It is situated adjacent to the River Avon, near the village of Brandon, a few miles east of Coventry.The reserve is also the headquarters of the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust. Formerly used for sand and gravel quarrying, the 92 hectare (228 acre) site is owned by French industrial company LaFarge Industries and is leased to the Trust.Today, Brandon Marsh is a mixture of flooded gravel pits, fen, scrubland, reedbeds and woodland, much of which is uncommon habitat for the local area. The site is particularly important for birdlife, with a wide range of breeding and wintering birds—234 different species had been recorded up to the end of 2015. The reserve also supports a variety of mammals and insects, over 500 species of plant, and more than 570 species of fungi. The nature reserve and Visitor Centre are open to the public seven days a week.
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  • Small but pleasant visitor shop and cafe. Lovely cakes. Plenty of hides to choose from. Binoculars are a must! At about 6pm you're almost guarenteed to see a hobby or 2 from the Carlton hide. We saw a...  more »
  • A wonderful place to wander along a range of wide and narrow paths, through acres of natural habitat. Sit quietly in one of 8 separate hides overlooking 7 different pools and watch a vast variety of h...  more »
  • First visit to Brandon Marsh for several years, wished we had returned sooner, mainly interested in bird photography and was not disappointed. Just needs a larger car park.  more »
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  • Great for nature trailing with the kids. Good facilities as well, cafe and picnic area
  • A really nice place to relax, take a walk and look at a nice variety of birds (in this case it is useful to take a pair of binoculars at reception). There is also a restaurant inside.
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