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Efford Marsh (LNR)

Efford MarshEfford Marsh is a Local Nature Reserve located in the east of Plymouth between the A38 and Efford. This site covers 28 hectares (that's around 28 full-sized football pitches) and is a place where you can relax, walk, play and explore nature.

Efford Marsh has a variety of meadows, woodlands and marshland which drain into the River Plym.


The site provides a valuable landscape and biodiversity resource for the area.

Species we've spotted include:

  • Bluebell, wood anemone and wild garlic
  • Badger
  • Plymouth Pear
  • Fringed water-lily

Access and management documents:

Management plan

Location map

Site maps

Habitat survey

Site features map

Management units map

Walks and features

  • Network of paths throughout the site
  • Extensive marsh and wetland area
  • Extensive wildflower meadows
  • Efford Fort borders the site
  • Benches throughout the reserve

Remember this is a Local Nature Reserve, please be considerate to wildlife and to other users:

  • Don't pick wildflowers or plants
  • Don't disturb animals
  • Take your litter home
  • Keep dogs under control
  • Keep dogs out of the stream area
  • Clean up after your dogs
  • No camping
  • No motorbikes
  • No fires


  • Steps and steep slopes at most entrances

Travel and directions

  • 1km from Torridge Way shops
  • Cycle route runs immediately south of the reserve joining Pike Road
  • Accessible using public transport with bus stops along Blandford Road and Deer Park Road to the west of the reserve
  • No official car park (some car parking available on nearby roads)