Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

Coughton Marsh

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


Coughton Marsh

OS Map Reference

SO 590 210
A static map of Coughton Marsh

Know before you go

1 hectare

Walking trails

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!


This reserve does not have wheelchair access.


On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

May to August

About the reserve

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.    

Contact us

Herefordshire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01432 356872

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)