Freeman's Marsh

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Photograph of grassland bisected by a canal, with farm buildings in the distances and the bushes of a railway cutting in the foreground.
Freeman's Marsh

Freeman's Marsh is a Site of Special Scientific Interest in the civil parish of Hungerford in the English county of Berkshire.

Located at grid reference SU329686, the site consists of unimproved meadows, marsh and reedbed. It is an important site for overwintering, migratory and breeding birds and supports many varieties of flora which are scarce in Southern England. It is located in the floodplain of the River Dun, a small tributary of the River Kennet and is bordered by the Kennet and Avon Canal. It was cited by English Nature in 1986, and also forms part of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.[1]

There are plans to construct a marina and hotel complex adjacent to the site, but the potential environmental impacts (particularly to water voles) of such a development on Freeman's Marsh have led to local opposition.[2][3]


  1. ^ "SSSI Citation for Freeman's Marsh" (PDF). English Nature. 1986. Retrieved 22 September 2006. 
  2. ^ "Emma Nicholson MEP". Archived from the original on 13 May 2006. Retrieved 22 September 2006. 
  3. ^ "Planning approval". West Berkshire Council. 2003. Retrieved 22 September 2006. 

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Coordinates: 51°24′56″N 1°31′42″W / 51.41556°N 1.52833°W / 51.41556; -1.52833