Welcome to the Friends of Denso Marston Nature Reserve website.

The seven acre reserve is situated between the River Aire and the Denso Marston factory in Shipley, West Yorkshire. Created in 1991 on Denso Marston washland for the benefit of wildlife, community enjoyment and education. An urban haven of woodland, meadows and pools with varied wildlife complement the other green areas in the wildlife rich Aire valley.

Large Pond


With the Government announcements to control the Coronavirus, please note that all Denso Marston Nature Reserve events are cancelled until further notice.

The reserve remains open. Just come down and visit the reserve anytime you feel like some fresh air and exercise.

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Support us

Volunteering, becoming a member or making a donation are some of the ways you can get involved and support the reserve.

If you wish to make a donation we can accept them at any of our organised events. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the warden for details.

Join us

If you would like to become a member and help support our work, annual membership is only £8 per household. The fees help fund the tools and materials needed for our events and vital work on the reserve. Your support is greatly appreciated! You can join online or by post by completing the membership form.

Membership form >

Spider club

Our children's Spider Club activities are all about getting youngsters involved with nature.

Learn more >




Just a reminder that due to the ongoing risks from coronavirus all walks and events at the reserve have been cancelled. This includes visits from external groups visiting the reserve. Can we ask that people do not arrange any group visits until further notice is given! We are continually assessing the situation and once we decide it is safe to resume visits announcements will be made via posters, Facebook and our website. Thank you for your patience. Keep safe.


Join our Flickr group and share your photos of the reserve and surrounding area.

flickr group >


Where the wild things are >

Warden's Corner


Please do not take frogspawn from the ponds as this can be a bio risk to the welfare of the frogs. Thank you.


The warden also writes his monthly ramblings column.

Read the ramblings >