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NWT Upton Broad and Marshes

NWT Upton Broad and Marshes is nationally and internationally recognised for its rich collection of wetland habitats and species.


Situated within the Bure valley, just upstream of Acle, NWT Upton Broad and Marshes is an area of quiet beauty and wildness. It is protected and managed by NWT, and supports some of Broadland’s rarest wildlife: from swallowtail butterflies and Norfolk hawker dragonflies to water voles, otters and a host of wetland plants.
Here you will find primeval-looking alder carr woodlands, open water, fens, reed-fringed dykes and grazing marshes. The nature reserve is a microcosm of the Broadland world and, in the words of the famous local naturalist Ted Ellis, offers ‘a breathing space for the cure of souls’.
Part of the Bure Valley Living Landscape.
NWT Upton Broad and Marshes is currently undergoing a major restoration programme to draw together several recently acquired parcels of land and manage them as a new large area for wildlife. This process will take many years. You may see evidence of restoration work happening around you, please observe all safety signs. The nature reserve is also one of the UK’s top ten sites for dragonflies.
Directions: NWT Upton Broad and Marshes is c. 5km northwest of Acle. From Acle take the B1140 road to South Walsham and take the third right towards Pilson Green. Continue into Low Road, and the NWT car park is 200m on the right. Parking is free but limited.