Know before you go
Parking informationNo official parking
No public access but good views from Beane Road
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times, no public access to the reserve
Best time to visitApril - September (no public access to the reserve)
About the reserve
A small wildlife gem in the heart of Hertford, Beane Marsh is the Trust's newest nature reserve. The acquisition in July 2020 was made possible by a fundraising initiative by Save Beane Marshes, a group of residents, to secure the site for wildlife.
The five-acre site lies next to the River Beane, one of Hertfordshire’s rare chalk streams, and is home to a variety of wildlife including rare marshy plants and a wide variety of butterflies and dragonflies. The River Beane has real potential to become a home to endangered water voles too. The floodplain grassland of Beane Marsh sits within the Beane Valley and provides a rare and valuable habitat as well as a crucial connection by the river to other nature reserves such as Waterford Heath to the north and King’s Meads to the south.
Although there is currently no public access, Beane Road boasts great views of the reserve.
Keep up to date with Beane Marsh
- We will be putting up fencing on this reserve to keep livestock on-site for grazing for a few months each year. Livestock grazing is a great way to keep nature reserves in good condition using a natural method. Read more about managing nature reserves here.
- We are managing our hedgerows for nature conservation so, while they might a bit ‘untidy’, they are better for providing nesting sites, shelter and food for birds and other wildlife. We are keeping adjacent footpaths clear for access and cutting back areas of nettles along Beane road.