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Breary Marsh
 
LNR Type: Urban Fringe
County: West Yorkshire
Natural England
Regional Team:
Yorkshire and the Humber
Year of Declaration: 1992
Declaring Authority: Leeds City Council
Area (Ha): Click here to open the site map (new window). Once displayed, click on the site to see area and other details.
Grid Reference: SE 264 416
Location: 11km north of Leeds city centre on the A660 Otley Road, adjoining Golden Acre Park. LS16
Owned by: Leeds City Council
Managed by: Leeds City Council
Description:

 (click the image to view the full size version in a new window)Breary Marsh. Photo credit Jim Hemming

SSSI Type: Biological
Link to site map: Click here to open the site map from the MAGIC web site.
How to get there: 11km north of Leeds city centre on the A660 Otley Road, adjoining Golden Acre Park.
Bus: X84 from city centre towards Skipton. Phone Metro on 0113 245 7676 for details. Car: Parking at Golden Acre Park, Otley Road (A660)
Visitor facilities: Breary Marsh is next to Golden Acre Park which has a café, public toilets and a car park. Scooter hire for the mobility impaired is also available by ringing 0113 261 3064, giving at least 24 hours notice. There is a leaflet detailing a nature trail and the animals and plants to be found within the habitats. The Leeds Country Way runs through Breary Marsh.
What to see: Best example of wet alder valley wood in West Yorkshire. Beneath the alder canopy, the ground flora is dominated by greater tussock sedge, stands of reed and pools filled with cushions of sphagnum moss. Where the ground level rises the woodland is drier and alder is replaced by oak and birch, beneath which carpets of bluebell, fern and creeping soft-grass can be found. Look out for kingfishers on Breary's streams and ponds and siskins in winter.
Volunteer and 'Friends of' groups: For details about volunteering at Breary Marsh contact the Parks and Countryside Ranger service on 0113 237 5268
Contacts for further information and how to get involved: Parks and Countryside, Leeds City Council: Tel. 0113 232 3069
Website address and other links: www.leeds.gov.uk/leisure/Pages/Breary-Marsh-Local-Nature-Reserve.aspx

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Additional information:

 (click the image to view the full size version in a new window)Breary Marsh. Photo credit Jim Hemming

 

 (click the image to view the full size version in a new window)Photo credit Jim Hemming

 

 (click the image to view the full size version in a new window)Photo credit. Jim Hemming

 
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