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Ipsley Alders Marsh

This important remnant marsh in the middle of Redditch consists of sedge peat, a rare habitat in the Midlands.

Ipsley Alders Marsh once sat in open countryside.  As the town of Redditch grew around it, 18 hectares were designated as a nature reserve in 1967 and the reserve was bought by Worcestershire Wildlife Trust in 1985.

Spring water rises below much of the site ensuring that parts are waterlogged all year round.  It is managed as a grazed marsh; small numbers of cattle are on site for much of the year to maintain structural variety within the grassland marsh.

On your visit, keep a look out for some of the 170 species of plant that have been recorded here including hemp agrimony, common spotted orchid, fen bedstraw, marsh woundwort and water mint.  There are Worcestershire rarities on the reserve including marsh stitchwort and blunt-flowered rush.

Winter is a good time of year to catch sight of snipe that feed here as well as providing the opportunity to catch sight of all three woodpecker breeds in the woods along with tits and tree sparrows.  The alders also attract flocks of siskin and redpoll throughout the winter months.  Breeding birds include reed bunting, grasshopper warbler and cuckoo in the summer months.  Dragonflies are also numerous in the summer; black darter is one of several species recorded here.

 

Flagship Nature Reserves

This is one of 13 flagship reserves.We believe that a landscape-scale approach to wildlife conservation is essential. Wildlife needs space to adapt and move to cope with the consequences of climate change. Practically, this means that to deliver our biodiversity vision, we need to develop a coherent network of large areas linked by corridors that can provide benefits for people as well as for biodiversity.

 

Why is Ipsley Alders Marsh a Flagship Reserve?

Situated within the community of Winyates Green and Ipsley this reserve offers great potential to build up strong links with our neighbours and involve them in the management and monitoring of the reserve as well increase the opportunity for wildlife friendly management in their gardens and on the nearby allotments. We can demonstrate the benefits of conservation wetland management linked into working with local communities

 

 

Nearby nature reserves

Lion Wood
3 miles - Worcestershire Wildlife Trust
Lion Wood
3 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
Rough Hill Wood
3 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
2m east of Redditch town centre Access from either Furze Lane or Alders Drive
Redditch
Worcestershire
B98 0SE or B98 0PS
Map reference
SP 081 675 or SP 076 677
Great for...
birdwatching
wildflowers
Best time to visit
Jan - Dec
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Opening Times
Dawn to dusk
Size
18.00 hectares
Status
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Access
Yes

No wheelchair access
Walking information
Follow paths, boardwalk and circular trail waymarkers. Marshland very muddy and boggy all year round. All entrances have gates; shut all gates as cattle grazing.
Parking
Park on road verge by main entrance, space for 2 or 3 cars or park on nearby roads
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Cattle
Reserve manager
Andy Harris
Tel: 01905 754919
enquiries@worcestershirewildlifetrust.org