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Cannop Bridge Marsh

A great place to come to admire one of the remaining marshlands in the Forest of Dean. Cannop Bridge Marsh has a wealth of butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies in the summer and is a great place to try to spot nuthatches, treecreepers, woodpeckers and reed buntings.

Butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies are abundant at this site, so summer is a great time visit to try to catch glimpses of silver-washed fritillaries or delicate large red damselflies.

Mandarin ducks, reed warblers, moorhen, mallard, coot and breeding reed buntings can be found using the marsh area, and nuthatch, chiffchaff, wood warbler, treecreeper, marsh tit, pied flycatcher, redstart and great spotted woodpecker and a pleasure to try to spot in the woodland areas.

The main feature of the marsh is club-rush which forms dense stands together with bulrush, great willowherb and common reed. The alder and birch wood stand on the drier areas. Common spotted-orchid, marsh pennywort, valerian, skullcap and creeping jenny can be found.

Nearby nature reserves

Spion Kop Quarry
1 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Wimberry Quarries
1 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Foxes Bridge Bog
2 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust

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Speech House Road, two miles east of Coleford.
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9.00 hectares

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Visitors are encouraged to avoid the wetter parts of the site and follow the many suitable tracks through the rest of the area.
Park in the Forestry Commission car park
Dogs must be on lead
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Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01452 383333