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Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve | Things to do

Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve

Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve


A birdwatcher's paradise and naturalist’s gem, Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve is home to the largest reed bed in the south east of England, which is an excellent sanctuary for migrating birds such as swallows and house martins in the summer and starlings in the winter. Watch out for bitterns, the magnificent marsh harriers, the occasional kingfisher, the great crested grebe and many more.

With a number of hides overlooking the river, you can quietly view the plethora of wildlife.

Take this circular and well signposted walking route to take in the nature and local countryside. Every time you visit, you will experience something different, whether it’s a kaleidoscope of butterflies, a friendly herd of cows or even a symphony of very loud Marsh frogs.

The walk ranges from 500 metres or so to the full circuit of just under five miles.

There are wheelchair friendly paths near to the free Stodmarsh car park but venturing further from this, the terrain becomes more difficult, particularly in wet conditions, but nothing wellies can’t help. Alternatively you can park at the opposite end of the reserve at Grove Ferry Inn car park. Clean public toilets are located in both car parks.

Natural England leaflet

What you need to know

Stodmarsh, Canterbury, CT3 4BP