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Coughton Marsh

The last remnant of a much larger peaty wetland area that existed in the 19th century

This marsh is what remains of a former watercourse of the River Wye. The name 'Coughton' is derived from 'hillock settlement', possibly indicating a drier raised area within the marsh. A fine Neolithic axe found on the site also attests to ancient settlement here. Although small, and surrounded by open agricultural land, the marsh woodland is of great historical and biological interest because it is the only area of plateau Alder woodland now left in the lower Wye valley.



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Reserve information

Map reference
SO 590 210
Great for...
spring flowers
Best time to visit
May - Aug
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1.20 hectares

Walking information
Even in summer, the site can be very wet and muddy, so boots are advisable at all seasons. Narrow winding access paths and lush summer growth combine to make losing your sense of direction quite easy, even in a reserve this small!
Dogs must be on lead
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Herefordshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01432 356872