Know before you go
Parking informationPass through Wyboston Lake complex and follow the Nature Reserve signs. The track leading from the complex is very rough and meandering
Firm ground in some places but in other parts the brick paths are uneven and can be slippery
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril to May, June to September
About the reserve
From swans floating majestically across the water, to tall vegetation swaying gently in the breeze, Begwary Brook offers a range of interest to wildlife lovers at any time of year. Riverside marshes such as this are rare due to large-scale drainage that has taken place over recent years. The area was once a large marsh fed by the River Ouse, but in the 1960s gravel extraction created a small lake and a series of pools in the small area of marsh which survives today.
Willow trees fringe the water’s edge. Great burnet, an indicator of old pasture, survives here together with common fleabane and marsh woundwort, inviting insects to feed on their nectar. Warblers sing from the dense growth in spring and foxes are easily disturbed from their daytime resting places at any time of the year. In summer, dragonflies and damselflies hawk over the marsh, looking for an easy meal.
Management of the reserve is limited; we keep paths clear and remove invasive Himalayan balsam.