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Bowthorpe Marsh

A low-lying, undulating area of tall-herb fen and unimproved grassland adjacent to the River Yare (5.7ha).

The site is crossed by a network of drainage ditches and forms part of a more extensive area of grazing marshes extending south and east of the river. The drainage ditches support reed sweet-grass along with other aquatic species. There is a small seasonal pond.

The higher ground to the west supports the unimproved neutral grassland.  At the north west edge of the site there is a small fenced area of semi-improved grassland which is species-poor.

There are also patches of blackthorn scrub. The site is grazed throughout the year by horses.

Species: general marsh flora.

Access: the site is well used and is part of the Yare Valley Walk. The site is linked to Earlham Marsh and Bowthorpe Southern Park. In wet weather the site can be inaccessible. There are a number of wooden bridges over dykes.

Bowthorpe Marsh location map