Lymington and Keyhaven Marshes Nature Reserve
Know before you go
Entry feeDonations welcome
Parking informationParking available at Keyhaven Village, Lower Pennington Lane, Lymington Quay and marinas.
Bicycle parkingNone on the reserve, some on Hampshire County Council site nearby
Grazing animalsNot on our reserve, but the seawall path from which you view the reserve has grazing cattle and could have ponies.
Please keep off the marshes to avoid disturbing the sea birds. The reserve is an intertidal mudflat and saltmarsh, so access is difficult and potentially dangerous. A network of footpaths on the Hampshire County Council reserve including along the seawall afford views across the marshes.
No direct access onto the marsh, the site can be viewed from the sea wall, which runs around the Hampshire County Council's Lymington and Pennington Marshes reserve. Between Keyhaven and Lymington, the seawall path is accessible from both ends and from Lower Pennington lane - look south to see the reserve.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times.
Best time to visitVisit in spring to see arriving migrants such as wheatear, swallow, terns. Winter brings large flocks of brent geese, wigeon, pintail, waders.
About the reserve
The seawall offers stunning views across the mudflats, where a wealth of different bird species come to feed. Large numbers of Brent geese seek refuge here in the winter, along with roosting dunlin, black-tailed godwit and grey plover.
The salty mud creates an idyllic habitat for plants such as yellow-horned poppy, sea campion and sea aster, and healthy fish populations make the marshes a fantastic place for sandwich and little terns, black-headed gulls, and cormorants. Keep your eyes peeled for hunting birds of prey, including marsh harriers, peregrine falcons, and merlins.