South Swale Nature Reserve is home to thousands of waders and wildfowl, plants, bird and insects including grasshoppers, skylark, breeding redshank, and Bren geese, as well as merlin who are a regular winter visitor. The 420 hectares reserve has grazing animals and saltmarsh plants grow best in Faversham Creek, sea lavender and sea purslane make a visual colourful show. In winter, the mudflats and tidal waters of the Swale estuary teem with shellfish, worms and certain specialised plants. These attract huge numbers of birds to feed, especially as the tide goes out. This is a Site of Scientific Interest, a Special Protection Areas and also an Environmentally Sensitive Area and is managed by the Kent Wildlife Trust.

Opening Hours
All times


Access via public footpath, which follows landward side of the sea wall. Access to sea wall is through a small kissing gate, paths muddy when wet.

Advisory notes
Please avoid Castle Coote as it is a site for nesting and roosting birds.

Picture Credit: © Kent Wildlife Trust.

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