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North Newbald Becksies Nature Reserve

In spring a visual feast of marsh flowers can be enjoyed at this spring-fed Yorkshire Wolds nature reserve, whilst later in summer marsh orchids abound.


North Newbald Becksies is fed by several clear chalk springs which are almost never known to dry up.

The water remains at a remarkably constant temperature of 9°C throughout the year and can be seen steaming on cold winter mornings. The terrain of the nature reserve is fairly undulating and in most areas extremely wet – wellies are a must; though there is a drier section at the north east corner.


Top Tip:


Visit in spring to witness the greatest variety and colour of marsh flowers. The marsh orchids flower later.


By far the most interesting sections of the site are the open marshy areas which contain a good range of marsh plants including abundant marsh orchids, said to be a hybrid swarm of mainly Dactylorhiza praetermissa, though other species do occur. Another special plant is bog bean – a rarity in this part of Yorkshire. Grass of Parnassus was recorded as recently as the mid 1990s and may still be present. Moorhen and snipe occur in the wetter areas. Water shrews are present and there have been sightings of water voles.

The Trust looks after the nature reserve by removing scrub which encroaches on to the marsh and also reduce the abundance of greater willowherb and meadowsweet to allow other plants to prosper. The marsh was originally used for pasturing cattle from the village while they were waiting to be milked and as such is classed as common land. Today, a small number of cattle are used to assist with site management through summer grazing.


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Public Transport

Irregular bus service from Market Weighton to North Newbald village.


Just east of North Newbald village on the south side of the Beverley road, five miles south of Market Weighton. Park considerately in the village (or arrive by bus), and then walk the short distance to the site.





Want to see more of North Newbald Becksies Nature Reserve before your visit? Have a look below.

North Newbald Becksies Nature Reserve photos in our Flickr group



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Reserve information

Beverley Road
Market Weighton
East Riding of Yorkshire
YO43 4SQ
Map reference
SE 917 371
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Opening Times
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1.81 hectares

No footpaths. Contact the Trust for disabled access information.
Walking information
No footpaths. Please note wellingtons are advised as the ground is very wet. Dogs are not permitted on the nature reserve.
No dogs allowed
Grazing animals
Yes - cattle are used to graze the pastures during the summer
Reserve manager
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01904 659570