Magor Marsh SSSI

Magor Marsh is one of the last fragments of fenland on the Gwent Levels, a landscape which has existed here for thousands of years.

The reserve has a varied mix of habitats, including damp hay meadows, sedge fen, reedbeds, wet woodland, scrub, open water, and many water-filled ditches. Water levels are fed by underground springs and are kept high by careful management of the reens.

This range of habitats attracts a wide variety of wildlife; look out for little egrets, kingfishers and Cetti’s warbler at the pond, dragonflies along the reens and ditches, and butterflies in the meadows.

As you follow the path beside the reen, look out for signs of water voles. This native aquatic mammal was reintroduced to the reserve in 2012/13, when over 200 were released. The water vole is the UK’s fastest declining mammal; it is hoped that animals released at Magor Marsh will spread across the Levels using the network of interconnected ditches.

Magor Marsh was the Trusts’ first nature reserve, purchased in 1963.

Magor Marsh is owned and managed by Gwent Wildlife Trust. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Magor Marsh SSSI, Whitewall, Magor Gwent.
OS Grid Ref: ST 428 866


Opening times

Open at all times.

How to get there

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