Local nature reserves : Ring's End

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Habitat type

Grassland, ponds, reedbeds and scrub.

Grid Reference

TF4028 0175

Conservation Status

Local Nature Reserve

Site Description

This 11 hectare site runs north-south between the village of Ring’s End and the Twenty Foot River, and lies on part of a disused railway line.

The site contains extensive reedbeds, three large ponds and small areas of scrub. The main path through the reserve runs along the old railway embankment, allowing good views across the fen. Various events are also held on site.

Access

Open access along surfaced and grass paths all year round. The main access is via the reserve car park (with disabled parking bay), which is situated on the Twenty Foot Road. Ring’s End can site can also be reached on foot or cycle by following National Cycle Route 63 (March to Elm), which runs along a section of the main path through the reserve to meet Public Bridleway No. 11 (Elm).

Wildlife

Running along the length of the reserve, the track bed is composed of free-draining gravel and fine soil, which is nutrient poor and exposed. This has allowed many of the less common wildflowers (including Colts-foot) to become established and is attractive to many butterflies, invertebrates and reptiles.

Extensive reed beds and open water (three ponds of various sizes) sheltered by scrub create a valuable retreat for wetland birds. Notable tree species include mature Ash and White willow and Ring’s End is also home to stands of perennial Rose Bay Willow Herb, Mugwort and other perennials.

March Wildlife Group

March Wildlife Group undertake some management work at Ring’s End on behalf of the County Council. They also organise and run annual community events at Ring’s End, including Pond Dipping and Wildflower walks. More details can be found by clicking on the link on the right-hand side.

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