Marston Marsh is a haven on the city fringe.
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.
courtesy of Norwich City Council
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