Beane Marsh

Beane Marsh and River Beane
Beane Marsh Nature Reserve

Beane Marsh

The Trust's newest nature reserve is a small gem rich in potential for wildlife. Scroll down the page to see our latest updates for Beane Marsh.


Beane Road
SG14 3YJ

OS Map Reference

A static map of Beane Marsh

Know before you go

2 hectares

Parking information

No official parking


No public access but good views from Beane Road


No dogs permitted
No public access

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times, no public access to the reserve

Best time to visit

April - 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. 

Environmental designation

Local Wildlife Site (LWS)

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