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   Maymeads Marsh

Status: LNR
LNR declared: July 2004
Owned by:
Harlow District Council

Area: 13.3 Hectares (LNR)
Local Plan Ref. No: 21/2
OS Grid Ref: TL 454 118

BAP species:
Water vole, Bittern
BAP habitats:
Reed beds, Urban

  site photo
The main pond looking north
Maymeads Marsh (also known as Honeymead Marsh) is the easternmost of the three sites which form the Harlow Marsh Local Nature Reserve. Between 1983 and 1984 the site was changed from an expanse of damp grassland to include a large pond with reedbeds and marshland. The pond is visited by wildfowl and wading birds and has nesting islands in the centre. There is an observation hide so that visitors can watch wildlife across the pond and marsh.

Over 100 species of bird have been recorded at this site, including rare species such as little ringed plover, ringed ouzel, greenshank, jack snipe, redstart, and bittern. The remaining grassland is also rich in wild flower species such as the southern marsh orchid and cowslips. The site attracts many insect species, and occasionally grass snakes can be spotted.

For further information see the Maymeads Marsh page on the Harlow Council website.

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