Cannop Bridge Marsh


David Slater

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.


Speech House Road, two miles east of Coleford
A static map of Cannop Bridge Marsh

Know before you go

9 hectares

Entry fee


Grazing animals


Walking trails

Visitors are encouraged to avoid the wetter parts of the site and follow the many suitable tracks through the rest of the area.




On a lead


Picnic area

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

All year

About the reserve

Butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies are abundant at this site, so summer is a great time to 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. It's a pleasure to try and catch nuthatch, chiffchaff, wood warbler, treecreeper, marsh tit, pied flycatcher, redstart, and great spotted woodpeckers 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.

Contact us

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01452 383333