Fleetwood Marsh Nature Reserve sits on the site of a former power station.
It was reclaimed by Lancashire County Council, creating 18 hectares of public open space.
The site is owned and managed by Lancashire County Council as part of its portfolio of 90 countryside recreation, open space, rural car park, picnic sites and forestry sites.
Location of Fleetwood Marsh Nature Reserve
Fleetwood Marsh Nature Reserve is on the banks of the River Wyre, between the A585 Amounderness Way and Freeport Fleetwood.
Most people would probably get to the site by car.
You’ll find it at the end of Jameson Road – that’s the access road leading to the waste recycling site and United Utilities sewage works.
Carry right to the very end of the road and you’ll come to a car park.
The site is also overlooked by the new Redrow houses which are being built at Fleetwood.
Footpaths and the Beaten Track
In recent years there have been improvements made to the footpaths. You can enjoy a walk on hard paths if you’ve not got the urge to head off into the open grassland on the beaten track.
You’ll also find some lovely pieces of public art at Fleetwood Marsh.
Decorative iron gateways (above) break up the flat landscape and lead you from the footpath. It’s a perfect subject for photographers to snap from different angles as the evening sun sets over the west and casts red shadows over the space.
Wear your wellies and head off the proper paths to explore the ponds and wetlands and take a look at the huge range of wildlife.
The disused railway track has been taken over by common reeds and the scrub and wildflower varieties are developing year by year.
Banks of the River Wyre
You can also get to the banks of the River Wyre, where you’ll find bits of shipwrecked boats.
Be careful, but have fun. Imagine the past and what adventures might have happened to the boats that now lie decomposing in the mudflats.
As with the rest of Morecambe Bay and the Wyre Estuary, Fleetwood Marsh Nature Reserve is an important habitat for migratory birds which roost in the reeds.
A couple of breeding pairs of Reed Warblers have been regularly seen – this is close to the northern limit of their range. Snipe and Water Rail frequently visit in winter.
The host of wildflowers are irresistible to summer insets when the fields dance with butterflies and you’ll see Common Blue and Red Admiral along with many other butterflies and moths.
Wyre Way Footpath
Fleetwood Marsh Nature Reserve is also on the Wyre Way footpath. It runs around the coast from Fleetwood to the River Wyre at Stanah.
The Wyre Way is an existing footpath which is a public right of way that’s split into two.
– Footpath 13 runs along the coast from where it picks up the Lancashire Coastal path at Rossall Point.
– Footpath no 8 connects the coastal path no 13 to Fleetwood Road.
The Wyre Estuary Coastal Path Project aims to create a high quality footpath along the full route of the existing right of way, which is accessible to all and links the Wyre Estuary Country Park to Fleetwood Marsh Nature Park.