Vange Marsh RSPB

Vange Marsh RSPB

Description


This 272 acre nature reserve is managed by the RSPB, it consists of a large freshwater lagoon, reedbed and saline lagoon with some grassland and scrub.

It is a haven for many wetland bird species and is notable for almost annually hosting a rarity or two.

 

Notable Species


All Year

Little Grebe

Grey Heron

Little Egret

Shellduck

Gadwall

Shoveler

Marsh Harrier

Sparrowhawk

Water Rail

Snipe

Avocet

Redshank

Oystercatcher

Ringed Plover                 

Kingfisher

Cetti’s Warbler

Bearded Tit

Reed Bunting

Linnet


Spring

Chiffchaff

Willow Warbler

Blackcap

Common Whitethroat

Sedge Warbler

Reed Warbler

Common Swift

Barn Swallow

House Martin

Sand Martin

Ruff

Common Sandpiper

Green Sandpiper

Jack Snipe

Garganey


Summer

Chiffchaff

Willow Warbler

Blackcap

Common Whitethroat

Sedge Warbler

Reed Warbler

Common Swift

Barn Swallow

House Martin

Sand Martin

Hobby


Autumn

Greenshan

Grey Plover

Golden Plover

Ruff

Dunlin

Whimbrel

Curlew

Little Stint

Curlew Sandpiper

Common Sandpiper

Green Sandpiper

Wood Sandpiper

Bar-tailed Godwit

Black-tailed Godwit

Teal

Wigeon


Winter

Greenshank

Grey Plover

Golden Plover

Ruff

Dunlin

Curlew

Bar-tailed Godwit

Black-tailed Godwit

Jack Snipe

Tufted Duck

Teal

Wigeon


Past rarities include

Spoonbill

Glossy Ibis

Black-winged Stilt

Lesser Yellowlegs

Wilson’s Phalarope

Red-footed Falcon

Access Details


With limited access and unsurfaced footpaths that can become very muddy this reserve is not suitable for wheelchairs/electric buggies.

From the railway crossing turn right and head west to the kissing gate at the reserve entrance (which has a site plan). From here there are two trails.

Saline lagoon trail       

From the kissing gate follow the 0.4 km (0.24 miles) track to the viewing screen overlooking the saline lagoon, passing the reedbed on one side and freshwater lagoon on the other.

Freshwater lagoon trail

Continuing straight on from the kissing gate, the 0.9 km (0.55 miles) path follows the north western shore of the freshwater lagoon and ends on a raised bank at its western end.

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