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Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve

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Brandon Lane, Coventry CV3 3GW, England
+44 24 7630 2912
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Mud mud glorious mud

Wear stout shoes and pack a flask as if you want a later cuppa the cafe is likely to be shut but it... read more

Reviewed 4 January 2018
JanW52_13
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Coventry, United Kingdom
Good family reserve with walks

Not far out of Coventry this has plenty of free parking, good lunch can be enjoyed in the cafe... read more

Reviewed 29 November 2017
John H
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Brandon Marsh Nature Centre is the headquarters of the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust. Set in 220 acres, the Reserve, consists of large pools created by gravel extraction. The Visitor Centre is a great place to visit including a Tea Room and well stocked gift shop. Around the Centre you'll find the orchard, mouse maze, mini-beast homes, bird watching hides, recycled garden and a newly designed sensory garden (link to sensory garden project page) as well as an under-cover picnic area. Then it's off to the Onyx Nature Trail which guides you around the wildlife habitats of the nature reserve. The Reserve This reserve contains large areas of pools created by gravel extraction. It consists of reedbeds, willow carr, grassland and woodland. It is outstanding for birds and there are seven bird hides throughout the reserve. Gift Shop and Badgers Tearoom At the end of your visit what could be nicer than a cup of tea or snack in our 'Badgers' Tea Room and a leisurely browse around our gift shop. The shop is well stocked with animal homes, bird seed, bird feeders and an extensive range of gifts and books. The tearoom serves a variety of hot and cold beverages, fresh cakes, and a comprehensive menu of snacks and meals. The Education Centre Brandon Marsh Nature Centre includes the Lafarge Education Centre - a purpose-built classroom, home to School Visits to Brandon for a variety of curriculum-related activities. We also have children's activities during the school holidays, and even Really Wild Birthday Parties! For grown-ups we also have a programme of Events and guided walks. The Sensory Garden After 1500 volunteer hours, the first chapter in the story of how our garden grew is complete with the official opening of the Sensory Garden at Brandon Marsh Visitor Centre on 19th May 2012.
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Brandon Lane, Coventry CV3 3GW, England
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Reviewed 4 January 2018

Wear stout shoes and pack a flask as if you want a later cuppa the cafe is likely to be shut but it is worth it for the birds.

Thank JanW52_13
Reviewed 29 November 2017

Not far out of Coventry this has plenty of free parking, good lunch can be enjoyed in the cafe, pleasant shop that majors on items for those interested in birds or wishing to be. There are a number of walks amongst trees and lakes, bird...More

Thank John H
Reviewed 28 November 2017

You don't have to be a nature lover to appreciate Brandon Marsh reserve. There is a choice of walks from 20 minutes up to a couple of hours and they all have something to offer. As a bonus, the cafe serves "proper" home cooked food,...More

Thank Kenjo J
Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

Went for a lovely walk here just off the cuff. Really lovely walk and we made a 40 minute walk last an hour and a half. We walked right to the last bird hut and then around the marsh really beautiful place. Also some lovely...More

Thank Ashlie W
WarksWildlifeTrust, Communications Officer at Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 23 November 2017

Thanks for your review, I'm pleased to hear you had such a lovely visit and your children enjoyed watching the birds. I look forward to welcoming you back to Brandon Marsh again soon!

Reviewed 25 October 2017

Lovely walk, and visited the bird hides. Husband just getting into bird watching. We found the more serious twitchers really lovely, pointing out the birds (we saw snipe, green sandpiper, teal, shoveller, and the usual ones!) and letting us look down their scopes. We will...More

Thank Ced2
WarksWildlifeTrust, Communications Officer at Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 23 November 2017

Thanks for your review, I'm pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit and look forward to welcoming you back to Brandon Marsh again soon!

Reviewed 20 September 2017

Stick your wellies on and have a wander round this place... stop and watch the birds on the water and just relax. Another hidden gem on the outskirts of Coventry

1  Thank Debbie N
WarksWildlifeTrust, Communications Officer at Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2017

Hi Debbie, thanks for your review, glad you enjoyed your visit! Louise Barrack, Communications Officer

Reviewed 17 September 2017

You can have a nice walk through the woods and around the various pools here. The bird hides can get a bit packed on busy days tho'.

1  Thank TeaWithQ
Reviewed 17 September 2017

You could spend all day at this wonderful nature reserve, the paths are well kept and a lot have a solid surface which makes it easy to get around, There is a map you can pick up at reception and the trails are well sign...More

Thank Val W
WarksWildlifeTrust, Communications Officer at Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2017

Hi Val, thanks for your great review and so pleased you enjoyed exploring Brandon Marsh. Louise Barrack, Communications Officer

Reviewed 9 September 2017

You would not know that you were so close to the flight path into baginton airport. A place to spend a day watching birds in water habitats. Lovely tea room serving a selection of hot and cold meals and snacks compliment the reserve. I will...More

Thank nyoung28
Reviewed 25 August 2017

I have visited Brandon Marsh many times I am lucky that I live near enough to be able to walk although plenty of parking is available,disabled parking is really close to the entrance so how ever fit or well you are all is catered for.The...More

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you can bring anything with you but please dont forget to collect your litter as its nature reserve. the best bet is you punch in their digits and ask to avoid any embarrassment. its definitely a quiet place to celebrate... More
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Yes, we're open on bank holidays! Thanks, Louise Barrack Communications Officer
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