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Elmley National Nature Reserve

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Kingshill Farm | Elmley, Sheerness ME12 3RW, England
+44 1795 664896
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Picturesque views at Elmley Nature Reserve and Shepherd huts

Just back from our 4th year at the Shepherd huts (Vanellus) at Elmley Nature Reserve. Always an... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Whilst we were staying on sight in the Saltbox we walked around the beautiful and expansive... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Note: This is the page for day visitors to the Nature Reserve. For overnight stays in the cottage and Shepherd's Huts, there is a separate TripAdvisor page - Elmley Nature Reserve Stays. £5 Per car. Or join Friends of Elmley £20 a year. Elmley is a huge National Nature Reserve renowned for wildlife. At Elmley you are likely to see water birds wading in the ponds, magnificent birds of prey soaring above, hares bounding across the meadows, as well as a butterflies, dragonflies and bees exploring the waterways and wildflowers. If you're lucky you might spot a watervole hiding among the reeds or a grass-snake basking by the ponds. Elmley is also crammed full of heritage and history: Discover the house where King James II was imprisoned in 1688, the remains of a Victorian village and the marshes that inspired Dickens' Great Expectations.The traditional Kentish barn is available for hire for weddings and events.Escape to Elmley, only one hour from London, and enjoy walking, bird watching, photography or simply relaxing in the magnificent scenery.
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“car park” (13 reviews)
“bird watchers” (4 reviews)
Kingshill Farm | Elmley, Sheerness ME12 3RW, England
+44 1795 664896
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Just back from our 4th year at the Shepherd huts (Vanellus) at Elmley Nature Reserve. Always an amazing relaxing experience and time goes far too quickly! Not so lucky on viewing of the owls this times but I think the weather was not on our...More

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ElmleyNNR, Owner at Elmley National Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi! Thank you so much for your lovely review. It was a pleasure to have you as always! Glad you kept cosy in the weather and fingers crossed for the owls next time. We look forward to seeing you again, thanks again. Georgina

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Whilst we were staying on sight in the Saltbox we walked around the beautiful and expansive reserve. As novice birdwatchers we appreciated all the information provided. Well worth a visit!

1  Thank munkat
Reviewed 14 October 2017

came here earlier in the year but didn't have time to walk to the hides, but were very impressed at all we did see. came back to walk to the hides , a beautiful warm day but the pools have dried up as not enough...More

1  Thank gina n
Reviewed 4 October 2017

Went for a walk here recently and the views are amazing . Is it so quiet and well worth a visit. Will go back next summer

1  Thank DaveLisaHolly
Reviewed 12 August 2017

Normally a great place to visit, but ... I understand it's been an extensive dry first half to the year, and the net outcome is that the pools have all dried up and so there are no birds to be seen from the 3 associated...More

2  Thank JohnOzCovUK
Reviewed 6 August 2017

Beautiful, peaceful and relaxing location, we saw lots of birds or prey, reed warblers and buntings. We all saw a wild hare, butterflies, wading and sea birds, took our two kids aged 9 & 12, if you like a walk and enjoy wild life it's...More

1  Thank sar79_Lan
Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

Love taking the kids for a slow drive up here,espicially on a rainy day, kids love see the cows in the road, and us having to drive round them , and seeing the different birds they can spot , I believe it's one of the...More

1  Thank mannytourist
Reviewed 24 June 2017

So love Elmley it is a wild and wondrous place to walk view rest and view our islands Bird life... the rangers are so helpful

1  Thank Libby T
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

What a great day of bird watching,from the moment you entered the reserve in your car ,you had to keep stopping to look at birds ,when you finally get to car park there's a fairly long walk to hides but plenty to see on way...More

3  Thank toomanycoffees
Reviewed 18 April 2017

This was my second visit to Elmley, the first being in late May 2015. On that occasion a dear friend, unfortunately no longer with us took me and we were both thrilled with the number of different birds we saw, I remember spotting: Lapwings, Marsh...More

3  Thank EastGrinsteadEllie
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