Bestwall Marsh and Swineham


Saline water meadow, saltmarsh, extensive reed-bed, tidal river, large lake resulting from long finished gravel extraction and more! 


 

Bestwall Marsh and Swineham: river, marsh and lake

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Site Details: 
Name of Location Bestwall Marsh and Swineham
Highlights Over-wintering birds
Facilities
  • No visitor facilities
  • Defined paths
OS Map Reference SY928875
Aspect Detail
Area Isle of Purbeck
Manager Open Access
Geology Poole Basin
Hazards for the less able: 
Hazard Commentsort descending Description
Rough Ground The path along the river bank, especially, can be rough walking

Nature reserves exist for the wildlife and plants that are found there and are not always visitor friendly, especially some smaller reserves. The ground on some reserves can be very rough going even when there are paths present and would not be passable by those who are less mobile.

Mud The paths can be very slippery in winter

If you encounter mud on a reserve without the right footwear then you can have problems. Mud can occur anywhere, of course, after heavy rain but some reserves on clay or heavy soils can be muddy for much of the time. Activities such as mountain biking and horse riding can also churn up paths and make them almost impassable. 

More site photos (see also link below): 

This map shows the location of the reserve (purple marker) and access points to the reserve (yellow markers). You can use the Google map controls to zoom in get a more detailed idea of where it is and where to park. If you click on a marker more information about directions,  sat nav co-ordinates and parking will display.

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