Beckingham Marshes RSPB Reserve

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Beckingham Marshes RSPB Reserve

Beckingham Marshes RSPB Reserve

Beckingham Marshes is a conservation project working with a local grazier to re-establish the wet grazing marsh habitat lost after World War II that lies along the River Trent floodplain between the village of Beckingham and Misterton (A161), providing ideal conditions for a host of wetland wildlife – particularly breeding wading birds, such as lapwings and redshanks - but also water voles, dragonflies and damselflies, amphibians and a variety of aquatic plants. In winter the flooded fields also attract wildfowl such as wigeons, teals, gadwalls and shovelers.

There is no visitor centre, but The Old Willow Works across the road may be open, depending on volunteer availability. There is a car park there open daily from 9 am to 5 pm.

Lapwings and curlews perform their breeding displays over the meadows as the air is filled with their evocative mating calls. Look out for the first returning spring migrants, arriving from their wintering grounds in Africa. Wheatears are usually first, quickly followed by yellow wagtail pictured, house martins and swallows. Skylark song can be heard from every corner of the reserve.
In Autumn the reserve attracts migrating eaders such as greenshank, green sandpiper and black-tailed godwit.

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