Upper Welson Marsh
Know before you go
The marsh vegetation in this reserve is easily damaged by trampling, and visitors are asked to stick to the marked path through the area. The reserve is reached via a public footpath across two fields owned by the farm at the end of the lane. Please keep to this footpath
Public footpath leading to and around the reserve. Visitors are advised to keep to the marked tracks to avoid disturbing the wildlife. There is no wheelchair accessibility at this reserve.
When to visit
Opening timesBy permit only
Best time to visitApril to August
About the reserve
Access to this reserve is restricted. Please contact us to obtain a permit 01432 356872. The wet central part of the reserve has probably been a marsh for over 150 years, as the area was known as "the Moors" (i.e. marsh/fen) at the time of the 1844 Tithe map. The main interest of this site lies in the very rich marshland flora which includes a number of nationally rare or local species. One of the most spectacular plants in early May is the Globe Flower, growing here in quite large drifts at the southern-most limit of its range in Britain. There is a good variety of bird life, both migrant and resident, while the now very local Wood White butterfly can be seen on the wing in early summer. Frogs breed regularly in the small pools within the marsh.