Papercourt Marshes


© Jon Hawkins - Surrey Hills Photography

Papercourt Marshes

A small enclosed wetland reserve that is great for bird watching.


Tannery Lane
Nearest postcode: GU23 6DT

OS Map Reference

TQ034 562
A static map of Papercourt Marshes

Know before you go

10 hectares

Parking information

No car park


No public access to reserve, however The site can be viewed along three of its boundaries.


No dogs permitted

When to visit

Opening times

enclosed reserve

Best time to visit

Year round

About the reserve

Papercourt Marshes are part of the larger Papercourt SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) complex that lies on a floodplain between the village of Send and the River Wey.

Although the reserve is not publicly accessible, visitors can observe the site from footpaths along three of its boundaries. The site is a great spot for bird watching, so bring a pair of binoculars if you plan a visit!

The name Papercourt has Anglo Saxon associations deriving from Pappeworth meaning Pappe’s Farm and the site and surrounding land were originally worked for minerals before being restored in 1995/6.

The habitats found within the reserve consist of a mixture of open standing water, shallow scrapes, reed-beds, marsh and wet woodland, as well as a network of grassy rides.

Papercourt Marshes is particularly important for birds, with over 100 species recorded including water rail, turtle dove, great crested and little crested grebe and reed and sedge warblers. Hobbies regularly use the site and waders such as wood sandpiper have been recorded.

The mix of open water, marsh scrub, short herbage and bare ground also make Papercourt Marshes good site for aquatic plants and invertebrates.

Contact us

Contact number: 01483 795440
Contact email:

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

Location map