Know before you go
Grazing animalsSite grazed July – Sept
A short but steep slope at the entrance to the reserve can be slippy in wet weather
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times. Please note - while livestock are grazing Woodwalton Marsh between July and October the site will be closed to visitors. Contact the Cambourne office to check on 01954 713500.
Best time to visitSummer
About the reserve
Woodwalton Marsh is unimproved, neutral grassland with an unusual plant community for this part of Cambridgeshire. Its orientation and sheltered location make it a rich site for invertebrates. Spring and summer are the best time to visit to see plenty of flowers including cowslips, dropwort, pyramidal orchid and the nationally scarce sulphur clover. Many butterfly species can be seen including comma, marbled white, ringlet and grizzled skipper. In early spring you can hear warblers, such as chiffchaff and whitethroat, singing in scrub as they defend their breeding territories. The many anthills and thick tor-grass provide habitat for common lizard.