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M: Marston Marsh

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Marston Marshes

Marston Marsh is a haven on the city fringe.

The floodplain and grazing marshes on the northern side of the River Yare has numerous dykes, which are home to a host of aquatic flora and fauna.

Even the relatively rare and elusive water vole can be found in some of the dykes. The water vole is the well-known 'Ratty' of Wind and the Willows.

The grassland habitats are managed through summer grazing by cattle and mowing. Marsh orchids, ragged robin, meadow sweet and other marsh flora give the site slashes of colour throughout the growing season.

Other habitats include some small areas of damp woodland. The willows here are managed through pollarding.

There are five wildlife ponds where dragonflies and damselflies are regularly seen. The banded demoiselle is common in the summer along the riverside paths.

Summer visitors include various birds such as warblers, while long-tailed tits, jays, green woodpeckers and kestrels are seen throughout the year.

Geese and the occasional snipe use the site in the winter.

The site is accessible at all times, though in wet weather wellingtons are recommended. They can be reached through Marston Lane in Eaton or from Ipswich Road.

Text courtesy of Norwich City Council

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