This Kent Wildlife Trust reserve is 67 hectares of grazing marsh, also freshwater and brackish dykes, reclaimed from saltmarsh after the building of the sea wall in 1953. It is part of the Swale Site of Special Scientific Interest and is an internationally important wetland under the 1973 Ramsar Convention.

The reserve is at its best in spring and autumn when it is visited by migrant waterfowl and waders including common teal, gadwall, northern shoveller, northern lapwing, common redshank, little stints, curlew sandpipers, green and wood sandpipers, and black-tailed godwits. Long-billed Dowitcher (see image) has occurred repeatedly, as has a Bonaparte’s Gull. It is the here that Britain’s first tufted puffin was observed and photographed.

In spring marsh frogs croak loudly from the wet margins of the pools and dykes.

In summer little grebe breeds on the reserve and common kingfisher, grey heron, and little egrets forage in the dykes. Sea club rush, common reed, lesser reedmace, greater water dock, frogbit and lesser water parsnip can be seen on the reserve and sea lavender, sea purslane, golden samphire and aromatic sea wormwood occur along the sea wall. A fine variety of dragonflies occur, including some rarer species. The immigrant clouded yellow butterfly is frequently seen.

During winter short-eared owls, common snipe, great bittern, merlin, hen harrier and peregrine falcon can all be seen.

Oare Marshes TR 103647 can be reached by exiting the M2 at junction 6 heading towards Faversham, then take a Right at the roundabout to Oare village. Turn Left at the T junction and Right at the Three Mariners Pub, ME13 0QA. There is a public car park at the end of the road and there is charge for its use.

 

Best time to visit:
Birds to be see year-round, especially at migration times.

Location

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Latitude / Longitude: 51.344211515982, 0.89682136832275

Things to do or see

Take a leisurely walk around the East Flood, it's about a kilometre.

Check the riverbank for birds moving up and down the river.

Search carefully amongst the gull and wader flocks for that rarity.

Pause in the hide overlooking the estuary and count the common and grey seals.

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