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Bird and Nature Reserves

 Dungeness - RSPB

Hen Harrier Europe's largest shingle formation.
Location: TR063196 - 1 mile south of Lydd.
Admission: Free
Facilities: Paths (wheelchair access), shop and refreshments.
Telephone: 01797 320588
Features: Flooded gravel pits and shingle provide sites for colonies of Black-headed, Common and Mediterranean Gulls and Common and Sandwich Terns. Winter wildfowl including Bewick's Swan, and winter raptors include Merlin and Hen Harrier (illustrated right).

Further information on Dungeness available here.

 Elmley National Nature Reserve - Elmley Conservation Trust

Elmley Nature ReserveFacilities: Hides.
Admission: Charge or join Friends of Elmley.
Telephone: 01795 664896

Features: Vast expanse of grazing marsh renowned for large numbers of breeding waders and birds of prey. The sky is often filled with birds flocks of golden plover, curlew, pintail and teal, as well as hen harriers, marsh harriers, merlins and short-eared owls, all of which hunt over the marshes in winter. Also a very good place to see hares.

 Stodmarsh - English Nature
Largest freshwater marsh in Kent.
Location: TR220610 - From track in Stodmarsh village.
Facilities: Hides with disabled access, toilets.
Admission: Free access on Lampen Wall.
Telephone: 01227 728382
Features: Lagoons with reedbeds holding Bearded Tit, Cetti's and Grasshopper Warbler, Gargeney. Winter wildfowl waders and raptors.
 Northward Hill - RSPB
Woodland next to marshes.
Location: TQ784759 - High Halstow. Footpath off Northwood Avenue.
Facilities: Nature trail and visitor centre.
Admission: Free
Telephone: 01634 222480
Features: Hold Britain's largest heronry. Good selection of woodland birds including Nightingale, and wintering wildfowl and raptors.