Globe flowers at Upper Welson Marsh

Image: Trevor Hulme

Upper Welson Marsh

A marshland reserve with a number of nationally rare or local species of plants


Upper Welson Marsh
Upper Welson

OS Map Reference

SO 293 515
A static map of Upper Welson Marsh

Know before you go

1 hectare

Parking information

There are no parking spaces at this site though there is space to park on the lane.

Walking trails

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.


No dogs permitted

When to visit

Opening times

Dawn to dusk

Best time to visit

April to August

About the reserve

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.

Contact us

Lewis Goldwater
Contact number: 01432 356872

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Wildflower meadow of yellow and white flowers with tall hedgerow in background and hills beyond

Davies Meadow Nature Reserve (Paul Lloyd)

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