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Salisbury SP2 8LP
OS map 130 Grid ref: SU130294

  • No public access
  • 0.6 hectares


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. 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.

Water Rail © Neil Aldridge  Sedge warbler © Jim Higham Reed warbler © Amy Lewis Kingfisher © Elliott Neep 

Directions

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 www.salisburyreds.co.uk

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)

(Photo: Nadder Island © Martin de Retuerto)