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Castle Marshes

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.

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.
 

Species and habitats

Habitats
Wetland
Species
Wigeon, Teal, Shoveler, Blue-tailed Damselfly, Norfolk Hawker, Redshank, Lapwing

Nearby nature reserves

North Cove
0 miles - Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Carlton & Oulton Marshes
2 miles - Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Gunton Meadow
5 miles - Suffolk Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Wadehall Lane, Barnby
Beccles
Suffolk
NR34 7QG
Map reference
TM470911
Great for...
birdwatching
overwintering birds
Best time to visit
Apr - Sep
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Opening Times
No public access but can be viewed from the Angles Way footpath along the river wall.
Size
71.00 hectares
Access
Permit required

Good views anytime from river wall
Walking information
River wall footpath can be muddy
Parking
Use North Cove car park
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Cattle graze areas
Reserve manager
Matt Gooch
Tel: 01502 564250
matt.gooch@suffolkwildlifetrust.org

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