Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve

Stodmarsh has the largest reed bed in the south east of England, which supports a range of rare birds and insects. The reed beds are an important sanctuary for migrating birds such as swallows and house martins in the summer and starlings in the winter. 

Legacy Grazing is working with the site to develop a detailed grazing plan that will be implemented from January 2019 as part of a five-year Countryside Stewardship agreement. 

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Natural England

Key habitats:

Reed beds, fens, ditches, wet grassland and open water

Key species:

Rare wetland birds including bittern, marsh harrier and bearded reedling. Invertebrates, rare aquatic plants and water voles.

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