Sawbridgeworth Marsh Nature Reserve
Know before you go
Parking informationLimited parking on the side of the road for one or two cars
Grazing animalsCattle in spring and summer
Paths and boardwalks alongside the river and round the reserve
Can be wet and boggy, with boardwalks over the wettest areas
When to visit
Opening timesAccessible at all times
Best time to visitApril to July
About the reserve
This nature reserve is a great place to see several rare plants that are now only found at a few sites in the county, such as Southern Marsh Orchids, Marsh Willowherb and Marsh Valerian.
Work has been undertaken to open up the numerous ditches, which has allowed Water Voles to successfully establish in them from further up the River Stort.
The surrounding areas of tall sedge and reedbeds provide a valuable nesting habitat for both Reed and Sedge Warblers and an abundance of invertebrate species.