Guide to the Reserve
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A developing reedbed linked to open water and marshy grassland. Ideal for warblers and reed bunting. In time it may attract otters, bearded tit and perhaps even bittern. Visit the Carlton Hide for an excellent view of the area.
EAST MARSH POOL
The most important area of open water attracting a wide variety of birds including common terns which come here each summer to breed. Other birds to look out for include redshank and lapwing. In autumn, migrating birds can often include dunlin and sometimes ruff.
Swifts and swallows frequent this area, along with a resident pair of mute swans, coot, mallard and tufted duck.
NEW HARE COVERT
A small woodland comprising mainly oak and ash with some scots pine and larch here and there. It shows a carpet of bluebells in the spring accompanied by foxglove and dog's mercury. There is also plenty of intriguing fungi such as the stinkhorn and honey fungus to be seen.
A common sight on this pool is a pair of great crested grebes and occasionally the little grebe.
Look out for the surrounding tall Lombardy poplar trees for bat boxes which are occupied mostly by pipistrelles.
A shallow pool used by dabbling ducks especially teal. Also see many waders, especially green sandpipers in the autumn.
This pool's water level is directly linked to the River Avon. When it is low, look for waders such as redshank, greenshank and sandpipers. Also a good place to spot grey herons feeding along the reed lined edges.
CENTRAL MARSH and POOL
The lush vegetation here includes reed sweet-grass, pond sedge, common reedmace and teasel. The nearby alders attract mealy redpoll, lesser redpoll and siskin, while the willow is attended by a vast number of insect species including the blue leaf beetle.
WEST MARSH and POOL
This area has been managed in the interests of dragonflies but if you approach the pool quietly, you may also see dabbling and diving ducks, swans and geese.