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Pulfin Bog Nature Reserve

Pulfin Bog is remnant of the extensive fens that once occupied the valley of the River Hull and probably owes its survival to the springs that emerge as pools on the surface.


The name Pulfin is believed to be a corruption of “pool fen”, the name given to the site in a 14th Century document.

The nature reserve is bounded on three sides by the River Hull and on the fourth side is an old flood bank. When the site was acquired by the Trust a ditch was clearly visible bisecting the site into northern and southern sections. The northern half, dominated by reed sweet-grass, was grazed until 1955. The southern half, in which the springs emerge, is dominated by common reed.

Pulfin is very rich in plantlife. Fenland plants such as common meadow-rue, common valerian and marsh woundwort can be found during the summer along with yellow and purple loosestrifes and the rare marsh pea. Patches of scrub occur, most of them dominated by grey willow, but bap willow is also present.


Top Tip:


Keep an eye on the sky as hobbies regularly hunt dragonflies during the summer.


The opening of one of the springs has been greatly enlarged to form a pool providing habitat for aquatic plants including water soldier and marsh fern. Both sedge and reed warblers regularly breed around the margins and water rail, kingfisher and reed bunting can be found throughout the year. There have been 16 species of dragonfly seen, with large red damselfly and hairy dragonfly two of the first species to emerge in spring. Otters are present on the river and roe deer use the site regularly.

The Trust has no re-established grazing on part of the northern section and on adjacent grassland. Recent droughts are thought to have had a negative effect on some of the plant communities, particularly the common reed and the Trust is carrying out extensive monitoring on the site to get a better understanding of this.


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Public Transport

Buses from Beverley stop in Tickton.


Pulfin Bog lies about two miles north east of Beverley. The nearest parking is at Hull Bridge, on the old part of the A1035. From Beverley take the A1035 eastwards and after crossing the River Hull, turn right for Tickton, then right again immediately afterwards. Park on the roadside near the footbridge over the river. Walk north along the public footpath on the east bank of the river for about one-and-a-half miles until a large lake is reached. Turn left along the bank between the lake and the river, then right on reaching a row of trees. The nature reserve starts where the trees end.





Want to see more of Pulfin Bog Nature Reserve before your visit? Have a look below.

Pulfin Bog Nature Reserve photos in our Flickr group



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Keldmarsh Nature Reserve
4 miles - Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Skerne Wetlands Nature Reserve
6 miles - Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Snakeholm Pastures
8 miles - Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Weel Road
East Riding of Yorkshire
HU17 7NR
Map reference
TA 050 441
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Best time to visit
May - Sep
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14.58 hectares
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
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River Hull Floodplain

Deep springs and ditches are obscured by vegetation. It is possible to get stranded at the spillway due to deep flowing water at high tide. Contact the Trust for disabled access information.
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Deep springs and ditches are obscured by vegetation. It is possible to get stranded at the spillway due to deep flowing water at high tide.
Roadside parking available.
No dogs allowed
Grazing animals
Highland Cows
Reserve manager
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01904 659570


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