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Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve

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Address: Stodmarsh Road | Canterbury, Stodmarsh, England
Phone Number: +44 1233 812525
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An Enjoyable Visit with lots of Birds to see

I had not been here for nearly 20 years, however I was not disappointed still a wealth of bird life to see, none of which was too taxing to identify. We only did part of the walk... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 September 2016
Malcolm R
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Margate, United Kingdom
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Margate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

I had not been here for nearly 20 years, however I was not disappointed still a wealth of bird life to see, none of which was too taxing to identify. We only did part of the walk up to the Tower Hide where we spent around an hour watching the diverse bird life out on the lake. Spoke with a... More 

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Very close to Canterbury but seems to be in the middle of nowhere, Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve is well worth a visit. Free car park and loos at Stodmarsh just a few hundred yards from a great pub the Red Lion. Walking is flat and easy. Well way marked and a number of brisk hides to use. Even if you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

Tranquil place, just the sound of crickets and the odd moorhen as well as an assortment of dragonflies and butterflies.

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staplehurst, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

Well kept and signposted reserve, surprisingly large. We saw a marsh harrier and an egret among the range of wildlife, especially birds. Nice variety of habitats from woods to riverbanks to open marshland and reedbeds, well marked paths, lots of hides and everything very accessible.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

A wonderful stroll to see Marsh Harriers and Cetti's Warblers followed by the best lunch in Kent at the Red Lion. Lovely Sandwich Terns too!

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

You can take it in your stride or you can march along like a trooper, it's a 3 mile trail. Sit and relax, experience the views and enjoy the space around you. Ensure you have a camera. There's so much to see, amazing electric blue dragonflies, and hear. Listen to the birds hiding the trees. Have a go at identifying... More 

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Kent UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016

Excellent viewing opportunities for various bird species. We were fortunate enough to see a female Hen Harrier in April. Some good hides for a rest during the lovely walk to Grove Ferry. Lots of Cettis Warblers to be heard ( and sometimes seen ) We didn't see a Bittern, but heard the ' boom ' in the distance. A great... More 

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Sandwich
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2016

This enormous reserve (a National Nature Reserve) is bursting with life and is one of the few places offering a fair chance of seeing bitterns. I have frequently seen spoonbills - especially at the Grove Ferry end - and once saw, to my surprised delight, a Ballon's Crake paddling around trying to look nonchalant! There are good hides throughout but... More 

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Westgate-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2015 via mobile

What s beautiful scenic place to go. We parked opposite in the Grive Ferry car park and went for a walk. It's advised you take wellies especially if walking the river bank route. Some beautiful scenes and quite a bit to walk. Perfect for bird watching and just lovely to catch some fresh air.

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Halifax, West Yorkshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015

I cycled here as the weather was great for October and took a small camera and small binoculars. By car I would recommend you take a camera with a decent zoom and decently powerful binoculars. There are several hides, but viewing is okay from the many footpaths, all of which are cycle friendly. It's not a place to take a... More 

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