Salisbury SP2 8LP
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When to visit

Free and open to visit 24 hours a day.

Know before you go

  • No public access
  • 0.6 hectares

Download the reserve leaflet

About the nature reserve

Nadder Island reserve map © WWT

This crescent-shaped wooded island in the River Nadder can be viewed from the river bank, but there is no public access. Although next to an industrial estate the island is peaceful.

What can be seen here?

Only 22 metres at its widest and 380 metres long, few have ever set foot on it to disturb its breeding birds, which include sedge and reed warblers. Little grebes nest in the reeds. Kingfishers and sparrowhawks are here and in the winter snipe and water rail too. Cetti’s warbler can sometimes be heard singing upstream.

There is no public access but the island can be viewed from the north river bank. Also from the footpath on the south side, which starts at the junction of Upper and Middle St.

How can I get here?

If driving – once in Salisbury, follow signs to Churchfields Industrial Estate and then sign to Brunel Road. Drive to the end of Brunel Road and park. Walk along footpath to river bank where the island can be viewed from the north bank.

If using bus - regular bus routes around Salisbury. Visit

Nearby reservesCockey Down, The Devenish, Coombe Bissett Down

What to see locally - Salisbury and Cathedral (1 mile), Heale House and Garden (4 miles), Rockbourne Roman Villa (8 miles), Stonehenge (8 miles)