Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve is situated in the lower regions of the north Kent plain within the Stour Valley and has the largest reed bed in the south east of England, which supports a range of specialised birds and insects. The reed beds are a sanctuary for migrating birds such as swallows and house martins in the summer and starlings in the winter. Bittern, marsh harrier, kingfisher, great crested grebe, coot, moorhen, reed bunting, bearded reedling can all be seen. Stodmarsh has over six kilometres of footpaths, including a circular walk around the whole site and is part of the Stour Valley Walk.
There are short and long easy access ‘sensory’ trails at the Stodmarsh end of the reserve, both with wheelchair access.
Sturry - 3 miles.
Stodmarsh village or Grove Ferry Picnic Site (Pay & Display).
A leaflet on the reserve can be downloaded at naturalengland.org.uk website.
Picnic Area • Toilet (at car park)