Tel; 01227 862015 www.the blean.co.uk
The Blean, between the cathedral city of Canterbury and Faversham, Whitstable and Herne Bay, includes the largest ancient woodlands in the south east. The outstanding natural and cultural heritage interest is promoted by regular newsletters, events and guided walks. There are over 120 miles of public footpaths, see website for further details.
Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park
Tel; 01634 855166 www.gunpowderworks.co.uk
Renovated remains of gunpowder factory operating for 300 years until 1934. Industrial history and wildlife information boards throughout the site and in Visitor Centre including models. Site open every day, Visitor Centre weekends April to Nov, 10.30am - 4.30pm. Group guided tours and school visits by arrangement. Wheelchair accessible including toilets.
Oare Marsh, South Swale Nature Reserve
Tel; 01622 662012 www.kentwildlife.org.uk
Two reserves either side of the mouth of the eastuary, Oare can be viewed from the road with a Car Parkright at the end of the road, there are three hides. Good for sea watching and waders. The south Swale requires a good walk to get to it a needs a few hours to enjoy the round trip.
Cromers Wood Nature Reserve, and Queensdown Warren Nature Reserve,
Tel; 01622 662012 See Oare Marsh link
Elmley Marsh Nature Reserve (RSPB)
Isle of Sheppey
Tel; 01795 665969 www.rspb.org.uk/reserves
Entering the Island by the old road and the entrance will be found on the right, if you go over the new bridge, you need to go to the first roundabout and double back on the old road and turn left, from this point its about 1.5 miles to the car park, drive slowly as you can see a number of birds, once at the car park, there is a long walk to the main hides. When visiting ask about the Raptor Watch point, a 15-20 drive from the reserve, well worth a visit at the right time of year.
Isle of Sheppey
Entrance from Shellness
this a blog by Derek who is a regularly watches in the area
A reserve open and for walking, I enter it from Shellness end with a rough car park. Isolated but a pleasure on a sunny
day. Shellness should be watched at the same time. Harriers are seen in winter with a roost near by from this reserve
or call in to the Raptor watch Poinrt on your way to Harty Ferry.