Barnaby's Sands and Burrows Marsh

Barnaby's Sands and Burrows Marsh
A redshank coming in to land over a pool of water on a marsh

Terry Whittaker/2020VISION

A male reed bunting perched on the tip of a reed at sunset

Chris Gomersall/2020VISION

Explore a true hidden gem where lapwings soar and redshanks probe the mud.


Barnaby's Sands and Burrows Marsh Nature Reserve,
River Wyre (east bank)
Knott End

OS Map Reference

SD350 461, SD 355 450
A static map of Barnaby's Sands and Burrows Marsh

Know before you go

106 hectares

Parking information

Free car park in Knott End.

Walking trails

You can visit the reserves at any time of year. Please keep to the footpath as the saltmarshes and soft mud can be dangerous.


You can park at the free car park in Knott End and walk south on the public footpath. Alternatively, there is limited parking space on the minor roads near the reserve at the owner's risk.


Under effective control

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times.

Best time to visit


About the reserve

Sitting on the stunning Lancashire coast, Barnaby's Sands and Burrows Marsh is one of the last extensive areas of ungrazed saltmarsh in the county. The best part? Most people don’t even know it is there.

This undiscovered paradise for wintering waders and wildfowl is heaven for both seasoned birdwatchers and keen wildlife-lovers. Regionally important mudflats and marshes brim with redshank, knot, snipe and common sandpiper as they probe the mud for insects and molluscs. Wigeon, pink-footed geese and red-breasted merganser visit to take advantage of the spoils, while peregrines are often seen patrolling the skies during winter. Skylark and reed bunting regularly breed on the saltmarsh, while lapwings reel across the sky and fill the air with distinctive ‘purr-weet’ calls.

But birds aren’t the only stars of the show. As you stroll along the footpath that spans vast swathes of shingle, saltmarsh and cordgrass you can marvel at countless species of coastal wildflower. Sea purslane and sea blite accompany bright purple bunches of beautiful sea lavender, as well as lax-flowered sea lavender and the striking lilac flowers of the sea aster plant.

Barnany’s Sands and Burrows Marsh is the perfect spot for a bracing coastal walk, so why not venture a little further along to Arm Hill? Here, acid grassland and bushes of coconut-scented gorse support rare plants like rock sea lavender and sea wormwood.

Contact us

Reuben Neville
Contact number: 01524 855030

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)