Benacre National Nature Reserve is managed by Natural England with much of the reserve being private property and not normally open to the public so, thanks to the kindness and generosity of Lady Gooch, taking part in Strutt your Mutt is a great opportunity to learn more about this beautiful area and the plants and animals that inhabit it. It is a fascinating example of England’s countryside at its diverse best with our walks taking visitors through a wide range of habitats ranging from farmland to heathland and from woodland to beach. Part of the estate has been internationally recognised as an area of special conservation value and is well worth the walk so take your binoculars and camera with you.
The nature reserve is made up of a variety of habitats which are home to many rare and unusual species of plants and animals. As you walk you can glimpse open water lagoons, walk alongside reed beds, and through woodland. The marshes are a valuable habitat for plants such as marsh mallow, marsh sow thistle and golden dock. Look out for Marsh Harriers overhead or perhaps you might hear the distinctive pinging calls of bearded tits as they delicately hunt for insects and reed seeds.