Cholsey Marsh

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Cholsey Marsh

Cholsey Marsh

Once common, riverside marshes such as this are now scarce because of large-scale drainage for farming. Cholsey Marsh provides a home to a wealth of plants, insects and birds that depend on the wet reed and sedge beds. This Thames-side marsh is punctuated with patches of grassland, willow scrub and two large ponds.
The Thames provides much of the reserve's wildlife interest. Kingfishers hunt across the water, and in summer, many dragonflies and damselfies emerge. Species of interest include the club-tailed dragonfly and the white-legged damselfly.
A variety of birds use the site for breeding and roosting. The ponds attract a range of ducks whilst the reedbed and scrub provide ideal habitat for warblers. The sharp-eyed may pick out a snipe feeding in the marshy grass. Cholsey Marsh is a favoured roosting site for corn buntings pictured and meadow pipits.

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