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Site name: Marshalls Heath
Altitude: lowest point 91 metres, highest point 102 metres above Ordnance Datum.
Geology, soil and vegetation
Underlying rocks: Pebbly clay & sand: 60%
. Flinty clay: 40% Both units overlie Upper Chalk
Number of species recorded so far: 1370
Red Data Book category 2: 1
Scarce or threatened species definitely or possibly breeding on site:
Owner: Wheathampstead Parish Council, purchased from Queens College, Oxford in 1966.
Management: Nature reserve management agreement with Herts & Middx Wildlife Trust (HMWT) from 1972 until terminated in 1993. Rights of Way & Commons Committee chairman: Mrs Tessa Reason
Rights of access: Marshalls Heath Lane, a minor paved road, runs north-south through the middle of the site. A permissive bridleway (see picture on left) runs north-south through the eastern side of the reserve. There are no formal public footpaths, though there are many ephemeral paths across the site that change from time to time. There is permitted access for Mr Titmuss from the road across the grassland of the east part of the Heath onto Heron's farm fields, and for the occupants of the houses that adjoin the Heath further north….
Updated 23 Feb 2003