Farlington Marshes

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The view across part of the marshes

Farlington Marshes is an area of reclaimed land in Langstone harbour.[1] It was reclaimed from the harbour in 1771 and includes a larger part of what was formerly Binner's Island (the remainder of the island is now referred to as North Binness Island).[1] Farlington Marshes is about 120 hectares in size and features both freshwater marsh and brackish marsh.[2] It is a Local Nature Reserve[3][4] and is a feeding ground for overwintering Brent geese.[2] During World War 2 it was used as a starfish site acting as a decoy for Portsea Island.[5] The control blockhouses remain on the marshes.[5]


  1. ^ a b Fontana, Val; Fontana, Dominic (2000). "A brief historical survey". In Allen, Michael J; Gardiner, Julie (eds.). Our Changing Coast a survey of the intertidal archaeology of Langstone Harbour Hampshire. York: Council for British Archaeology. p. 82. ISBN 1-902771-14-1.
  2. ^ a b "DC17 Farlington Marshes Local Nature Reserve (Drayton & Farlington)". Adopted Local Plan 2006 amended July 2009. Portsmouth City Council. 6 October 2006. Archived from the original on 30 September 2011. Retrieved 27 April 2011.
  3. ^ "Farlington Marshes". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. Archived from the original on 2013-11-03.
  4. ^ "Map of Farlington Marshes". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England.
  5. ^ a b Osborne, Mike (2011). Defending Hampshire The Military Landscape from Prehistory to the Present. The History Press. p. 202. ISBN 9780752459868.

Coordinates: 50°50′05″N 1°01′52″W / 50.83459°N 1.03099°W / 50.83459; -1.03099