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Nature Reserve, free entry

Magor Marsh

Magor Marsh

Address

Derek Upton Centre,
Whitewall,
Magor,
Monmouthshire,
NP26 3DD

Details

Magor Marsh is the last relatively natural area of fenland on the Gwent Levels. From the fleeting glimpse of a kingfisher, to the sight of colourful dragonflies darting over the reens, this is an inspiring place to visit. In autumn and winter the reserve is particularly attractive to birdwatchers, as the pond provides a sanctuary for wintering wildfowl and passing migrants.

Magor Marsh holds a special place in GWT's history. In 1963, threats to this fragment of wetland were felt so strongly by a small group of naturalists that they banded together to form what is now Gwent Wildlife Trust, securing this as our first nature reserve. The reserve has recently been expanded to provide a larger haven for wetland wildlife.

Wetlands were once commonplace across Britain; however they are now one of our most threatened habitats. Magor Marsh is particularly rich in wildlife because of the range of habitats present. These include damp hay meadows, sedge fen, reedbed, scrub, pollarded willows, wet woodland, a large pond and the numerous reens and drainage ditches.

Look out for a winter spectacle on the reserve, when thousands of crows, jackdaws and rooks gather to roost overnight.

Opening Details

Open all the time

Access

The reserve is flat, with a path and boardwalk allowing access as far as the bird hide (400 metres from the car park), this narrow boardwalk is passable with care in a wheelchair. There are steps and boggy, uneven ground in other parts of the reserve, whilst cattle or other livestock regularly graze some areas. Please note that due to sensitive wildlife, dogs are not allowed at Magor Marsh.

Prices

Free entry

Location

Directions

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Map reference: ST 430864  Lat: 51.57428 Long: -2.82383

Directions

Exit the M4 at Junction 23A and follow signs into Magor village on the B4245. On entering Magor continue through the village and then take a turning on the right signposted Redwick. Follow the road round to the right soon afterwards (also signed Redwick), and then follow the road past the ruins of the Priory on your left and over a narrow railway bridge. Turn left immediately after the railway bridge and follow this road for about 400 metres, and the reserve entrance is on the right. Park in the small car park beside the Trust’s Derek Upton Centre (grid ref: ST 428 866). This education centre is used by school groups during term time, but it is not open to the general public except for special events.

From Newport there is a local bus service (Number 61) which stops directly outside the reserve. Other bus services run to Magor village.

Parking: free