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Hungerford Marsh

The busy community of birds at Hungerford Marsh includes yellow wagtail, kingfishers and water rail.

Waterland

Water vole

Hungerford Marsh is a rich mix of water meadows, reedbeds, damp scrubland and patches of woodland. A lovely place to visit at any time of year, it affords delightful views towards the picturesque town of Hungerford, which dates from Saxon times.

Splash of colour

Colourful wetland wild flowers include yellow iris, ragged-robin, southern marsh-orchid and fen bedstraw. Marsh-marigolds, a familiar sight in England until widespread field drainage in recent times, adorn the ground here in spring.

Bustling birdlife

BBOWT has recorded 120 different bird species on this reserve including heron, kingfisher, yellow wagtail, water rail, little grebe and grasshopper warbler. In winter, look out for siskins on the alder trees. River birds include mute swans, mallard, moorhen and coot.

Rare treat

You might be lucky enough to see a water vole - this area of Berkshire is one of the last remaining strongholds of the much-loved mammal. Find out more about our water vole project

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Reserve information

Location
Hungerford marsh
Hungerford
Berkshire
RG17 0JB
Map reference
SU 3332 6878
Great for...
birdwatching
Best time to visit
Jan - Dec
Get directions
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Public transport
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
11.50 hectares
Walking information
Flat surfaced path, can flood in winter; gates, bridges
Parking
From the High Street in Hungerford, turn into Church Street; turn first right into Croft Road, under railway bridge; turn left, park by church; follow footpath across canal bridge for 1/4 mile
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)
Tel: 01628 829574
info@bbowt.org.uk

Smartphone Safari

Every weekend on BBC Radio Berkshire and BBC Radio Oxford we broadcast a Smartphone Safari. Listen along as we explore some of our fantastic reserves and introduce you to the wildlife you can see.