Stodmarsh NNR (TR215607) is a 241 hectares reserve created in the Stour Valley by mining subsidence which formed the lakes, extensive reedbeds and wet meadows. It is a site of International Importance under The Ramsar Convention and is managed by Natural England.

At Stodmarsh we can expect to see wildfowl such as shoveller, pochard and garganey during the summer and Eurasian wigeon, common teal and tufted ducks in the winter. Great crested grebes, little grebes, water rails and western marsh harriers breed in the reed beds with bearded tit, reed warblers, sedge warblers, Cetti’s warblers and sometimes Savi’s warblers or grasshopper warblers occur. Great bittern are regular winter visitors and recent breeders.

Notable “firsts” have been recorded for England at Stodmarsh; recently Pallid swift and American coot.

Some important moths have been recorded including the reed dagger, obscure and silky wainscot moths.

The flora includes lady’s smock, marsh marigold, greater spearwort, whorled water milfoil, frogbit and the carnivorous greater bladderwort.

Access to the site is by taking the Grove Ferry Road from the A28 Margate to Canterbury road, turning right at every junction until you enter Stodmarsh village. Turn right before the Red Lion Pub and the car park is equipped with toilets. There is a map showing the two main routes and the locations of the five hides. The Margate to Canterbury bus stops at the Grove Ferry Road and as an alternative you can enter the reserve opposite the Grove Ferry Inn and walk along the bank of the River Stour to Stodmarsh. Please note parking meters have been installed in the Grove Ferry car park.

Best time to visit:
Spring and early summer is great for migrants and bird song


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Latitude / Longitude: 51.306447029213, 1.1872060751465

Things to do or see

Take a walk and spot a bittern, hobby, or marsh harrier.

Listen to the bird song in the reedbeds, woodland and scrub.

Visit one of the hides and take a close look at the wildlife.

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