Castle Marshes Suffolk Wildlife Trust

By Steve Aylward

Castle Marshes Suffolk Wildlife Trust

By Steve Aylward

Castle Marshes Suffolk Wildlife Trust

By Steve Aylward

Castle Marshes Suffolk Wildlife Trust

By Steve Aylward

Castle Marshes Suffolk Wildlife Trust

By Steve Aylward

Castle Marshes is a broadland site with grazing marsh, fen and freshwater dykes. In winter the marshes are flooded to create expanses of open water for wintering wildfowl.

Location

Wadehall Lane, Barnby
Beccles
Suffolk
NR34 7QG

OS Map Reference

TM471904
A static map of Castle Marshes Nature Reserve

Know before you go

Size
71 hectares

Entry fee

Free

Grazing animals

Cattle graze areas

Walking trails

Good views anytime from river wall, river wall footpath can be muddy

Trail Map

Access

No wheelchair access

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

No public access but can be viewed from the Angles Way footpath along the river wall.

Best time to visit

April to September

About the reserve

Birds of prey like marsh harrier and hobby can often be seen A real dragonfly experience with a wealth of flowering aquatic plants and wading birds – what more can you ask for! Castle Marshes is a Broadland site with grazing marsh, fen and freshwater dykes. In winter the marshes are flooded to create expanses of open water for wintering wildfowl that swell the resident populations of wigeon, teal, shoveler and gadwall. In and around the sparkling, unpolluted dykes, plants like rare water soldier, frogbit and flowering rush hold forth. Norfolk hawker dragonfly – a national rarity which breeds here – can be seen hunting along the river wall between in summer, along with the blue-tailed damselfly and scarce chaser. The areas of reed and taller vegetation between the river wall and the marshes are home to breeding birds including reed, sedge and grasshopper warbler. Castle Marshes trail map - click to view

Contact us

Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01473 890089

Castle Marshes Trail Map