A species-rich grazing marsh of international importance for the waders and wildfowl that it supports
Farlington Marsh is one of the Trust's oldest reserves and one that visitors return to year after year. This site is a coastal grazing marsh and lagoon which has several pools, both freshwater and brackish, and a broad stream which provide feeding and roosting sites for waders and wildfowl. It is internationally important for the bird population that is supports, such as bearded tit, sedge and reed warblers. Many flowering plants have also been recorded here, including unusual species such as sea barley and corky-fruited water dropwort.
For more regular updates on what's happening at Farlington Marshes and nearby reserves, visit the Farlington Marshes Blog.
Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust manage our nature reserves for the benefit of wildlife and we would like to thank all of our visitors that take care when walking on our nature reserves. We are working hard to engage with the dog walking community, in particular those that visit our nature reserves with their dog. Because of the sensitive nature of the wildlife at Farlington Marshes, dogs must be on leads at all times, including on the sea wall. As the Reserve has grazing cattle, the Trust has produced advice about walking amongst cattle.
Getting to Farlington Marshes
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Road: The western car park can be reached from the eastern Portsmouth A27 roundabout (signed for the A2030). The track leading to Farlington is a small lane between the A27 westbound exit and the A2030 exit leading to Portsmouth.For eastern access to Farlington, park at the Broadmarsh Coastal Park and walk west along the coastal path. This car park is near the A27 Bedhampton exit. From the east, exit the A27 onto the A3(M). Take the first exit and follow signs for Broadmarsh Coastal Park.
Please be aware that there are height barriers at the entrances to both of the car parks nearest to this reserve.
Rail: Hilsea train station is 1½ miles from the reserve with trains from Fareham and Porchester every 30 minutes.
Bus: The 21 service runs from Portsmouth Harbour to Havant. The closest stop is by Farlington Sainsbury's (north of A27) which is a 15 + min walk to the reserve.
Cycle: The Portsmouth to Havant cycleway runs along the northern edge of the reserve on the south side of the A27. There are bike racks at each entrance.
Species and habitats
- Brent Goose, Wigeon, Shoveler, Pintail, Black-tailed Godwit, Marsh Harrier, Short-eared Owl, Bearded Tit, Avocet, Dunlin, Grey Plover, Redshank, Curlew, Ringed Plover, Turnstone, Oystercatcher, Black-necked Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Peregrine Falcon, Merlin, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Skylark, Lapwing