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Woodwalton Marsh

Please note - while horses are grazing Woodwalton Marsh between July and October the site will be closed to visitors. please contact the Cambourne office to check on 01954 713500.

An anthill-covered meadow, home to a wide diversity of flowers and butterflies

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.


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

Nearby nature reserves

Gamsey Wood
1 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Five Arches Pit
1 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Raveley Wood
2 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire

Nature reserve map

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

Reserve information

6 miles north of
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TL 212 811
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Open at all times
1.00 hectares
County Wildlife Site
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Walking information
A shorth but steep slope at the entrance to the reserve can be slippy in wet weather
On New Road, Woodwalton park in the layby opposite the site entrance
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Site grazed is closed to visitors
Reserve manager
Tel: 01954 713500