A wetland reserve with its own distinctive habitat.
Cut off from the rest of the washes by a busy railway line and enclosed by parallel floodbanks, this reserve has its own distinct habitat. This area of washland is flooded each winter providing a winter refuge for waterfowl and nesting space for waders. In the summer, it is grazed.
The network of deep and shallow ditches host rare beetles and, along the southern margin of the reserve, the river contains nationally scarce plants such as fringed water-lily and grass-wrack pondweed, and spined-loach, a rare European fish.
The site is very good for birds, so sit awhile with your binoculars and you might be lucky enough to hear snipe, redshank and sandpipers, or catch a glimpse of a peregrine as it stirs alarmed waders into flight.
The map below is for indication purposes only and does not show the Wildlife Trusts definitive boundary.
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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2012. For indicative purposes does not show exact boundaries.