Know before you go
Parking informationVerge of track that leaves the Ponthen to Melverley Green road. The reserve is accessed over a style around 150m along the unpaved lane on the right hand side.
Grazing animalsCows throughout the year.
Access is via stiles only. This is a very flat floodplain, but engineered bunds make undulations. The surface is grass and can be muddy in a few places.
The site is frequently under water in winter.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril to July
About the reserve
Floods in Shrewsbury and Ironbridge wreak havoc and misery. But floods in the flatlands upriver can be spectacular, transforming the landscape into a different world - and one which suits wildlife beautifully.
The Trust bought Holly Banks with two main aims: to show that this low-lying land could demonstrate alternative water management techniques helping to avoid flooding problems; and to help breeding lapwing. By slowing down the rush of water tumbling off the Welsh mountains, towns downstream may be spared some of the wretchedness of flooding, while wetland birds in the old floodplains where the rivers Severn and Vyrnwy meet might be given a chance of recovery.
Our aim is to keep the ground wet through spring and summer, which will be good for lapwing and curlew; then allow the water to seep away in the autumn, so it's ready to soak up winter floodwater.
How to get to Holly Banks
Holly Banks lies between Melverley Green and Edgerley, approximately 14 miles west of Shrewsbury. Park on the verge of the track that leaves the Ponthen to Melverley Green road at SJ336182