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Southfield Farm Marsh

A spring fed marsh within a mosaic of grassland and scrub beside the River Ise

The River Ise was diverted when the A14 was built, and the former meander now forms a second channel. An old oxbow remains, dominated by meadowsweet and wild angelica. The main wetland area east of the ditch contains the majority of marshland plants such as lesser pond-sedge, slender tufted-sedge, and water forget-me-not. Reed bunting and sedge warbler can be found among the tall vegetation.

The grassland supports flowers such as purple-loosestrife and slender tufted-sedge. Collapsed willow pollards line the old course of the river, providing habitats for a variety of insects and birds. Their roots and hollow trunks are ideal resting places for otters. The only sign of these elusive mammals that most visitors will see is their spraints on the culverts. The mosaic of habitats supports a variety of insects including soldierflies, craneflies and hoverflies. In the summer varieties of dragonflies and damselflies can be found along the river.


The map below is for indication purposes only and does not show the Wildlife Trusts definitive land boundary.

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Nature reserve map

Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2012. For indicative purposes does not show exact boundaries.

Reserve information

2.5 miles from
Map reference
SP 886 759
Best time to visit
Apr - Jun
Jul - Sep
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2.80 hectares

Walking information
Path generally level although areas can become very muddy and occasionally flooded during the winter
Park at end of Gotch Road
Dogs must be on lead
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Tel: 01604 405285