Farlington Marshes

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Farlington Marshes
Farlington marshes april 2011.jpg
TypeLocal Nature Reserve
LocationPortsmouth, Hampshire
OS gridSU 685 043
Area119.7 hectares (296 acres)
Managed byHampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

Farlington Marshes is a 119.7-hectare (296-acre) Local Nature Reserve in Portsmouth in Hampshire. It is owned by Portsmouth City Council and managed by Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.[1][2][3] It is part of Langstone Harbour, which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest[4][5] and a Nature Conservation Review site, Grade I.[6] It is also part of Solent Maritime Special Area of Conservation[7] and of Chichester and Langstone Harbours Ramsar site[8] and Special Protection Area.[9]

Farlington Marshes is an area of reclaimed land in Langstone harbour.[10] 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).[10] Farlington Marshes is about 120 hectares in size and features both freshwater marsh and brackish marsh.[11] It is a feeding ground for overwintering Brent geese.[11] During World War 2 it was used as a starfish site acting as a decoy for Portsea Island.[12] The control blockhouses remain on the marshes.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Farlington Marshes". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. Retrieved 1 May 2020.
  2. ^ "Map of Farlington Marshes". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. Retrieved 1 May 2020.
  3. ^ "Farlington Marshes". Hampshire and Isle of WightWildlife Trust. Retrieved 1 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Designated Sites View: Langstone Harbour". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 1 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Map of Langstone Harbour". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 1 May 2020.
  6. ^ Ratcliffe, Derek, ed. (1977). A Nature Conservation Review. 2. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. pp. 3–4. ISBN 0521 21403 3.
  7. ^ "Designated Sites View: Solent Maritime". Special Areas of Conservation. Natural England. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Designated Sites View: Chichester and Langstone Harbours". Ramsar Site. Natural England. Archived from the original on 1 April 2019. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Designated Sites View: Chichester and Langstone Harbours". Special Protection Areas. Natural England. Archived from the original on 1 April 2019. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ 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