Castle Marshes Nature Reserve
Know before you go
Grazing animalsCattle graze areas
Good views anytime from river wall, river wall footpath can be muddy
No wheelchair access
When to visit
Opening timesNo public access but can be viewed from the Angles Way footpath along the river wall.
Best time to visitApril 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.