Swale estuary is a 13 mile channel that separates the Isle of Sheppey from the
mainland of Kent.
In common with most estuaries, this is an environment
of continual change with a complex eco-system which is great for a diversity of
Estuaries are fantastic habitats for wildlife. Great tidal
flows, deep and shallow waters, and salt marshes all provide rich places for wildlife.
- Our estuaries offer amazing opportunities
for wildlife watching. Why not take a few tips from the Nature's Calendar team
- from bird watching to reptile hunting.
Estuary - Visitor Guide
Marshes, Oare, near Faversham, Kent, ME13.|
Elmley Marshes, near Sittingbourne,
Isle of Sheppey, Kent.
Wildlife Trust and Oare Marshes - 0589 822412 (daytime only).
- 01795 665969 or 01273 775333
Tourist information - 01634 843666
Wildlife Trust - firstname.lastname@example.org|
toilets at Oare Marshes. Toilets at Elmley Marshes.|
kit:||Binoculars, walking shoes or boots.|
Bird watching - hides at Oare Marshes.
Nature trails - Oare Marshes. Good viewing from the lay-by just off the road.
Marshes - bird watching - Hen Harriers, Merlins, Peregrines and Short-Eared Owls
in winter. Hides and walks.
Marshes - Disabled car parking 300m from the hide overlooking the east flood.
Wheelchair accessible hide is reached along solid, level paths. There are also
good views from the road.
Elmley Marshes - special access arrangements
can be made for disabled and elderly visitors.
Getting there: Oare Marshes are located
1 1/2 miles north of Oare Village, near Faversham. Go through Oare village and
take the right turn to Harty Ferry at the 'Three Mariners' pub. Continue to the
south bank of the Swale estuary. Parking opposite the Information Centre.
333 bus from Maidstone, Sittingbourne and Faversham runs to the village of Oare.
There is a one mile walk to the reserve from the bus drop off point.
Marshes - located off the A249 to Sheerness on the Isle of Sheppey, 1 mile past
the Kingsferry Bridge.
Nearest rail station Swale Halt (three miles).
Oare Marshes - weekends and Bank Holidays,
11am- 5pm or dusk.
Elmley Marshes - open daily (closed Tuesdays)
9am to 9pm or sunset whichever is earlier.
Marshes - no fixed charge but donations are welcomed with suggested amounts -
Adults £2.50; Children 50p; Concessions £1.50. |
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