Marsh marigold Credit Laura Popely

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.

Location

North Newbald,
Beverley Road
Market Weighton
East Riding of Yorkshire
YO43 4SQ

OS Map Reference

SE917371
A static map of North Newbald Becksies Nature Reserve

Know before you go

Size
2 hectares

Entry fee

No

Grazing animals

Yes - cattle are used to graze the pastures during the summer

Walking trails

No footpaths.

Access

Limited access for wheelchair users as there are no defined footpaths. Please note wellingtons are advised as the ground is very wet. 

Dogs

No dogs permitted

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

March to September

About

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.

In spring visit to see some of the early flowering spring plants such as cowslip, marsh marigold, cuckooflower, bogbean (a rarity in this part of Yorkshire) and water avens. A summer visit shows how much this wetland reserve flourishes, there are stands of honey-scented meadowseet as well as marsh orchid and lady's mantle, yellow rattle in flower. In autumn late flowering devil's bit scabious can be picked out amongst the abundance of vegetation.
 
Grass of Parnassus was recorded as recently as the mid 1990s and may still be present. Also keep an eye out for water shrews and water voles.

Seasonal highlights

  • Spring: Plants - Cuckooflower; Water avens; Bogbean; Marsh marigold; Inverterbrates - Orange-tip
  • Summer: Plants - Marsh orchids; Lady's mantle; Watercress; Fool's water-cress; Meadowsweet
  • Autumn: Plants - Devil's-bit scabious
  • Winter: Birds- Snipe

History

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.

Directions

Public transport
Irregular bus service from Market Weighton to North Newbald village.

By car
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.

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