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Address: Kingshill Farm | Elmley, Sheerness ME12 3RW, England
Phone Number: +44 1795 664896
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Description: £5 Per car. Or join Friends of Elmley £20 a year. Elmley is a huge...
£5 Per car. Or join Friends of Elmley £20 a year. Elmley is a huge National Nature Reserve renowned for wildlife. At Elmley you are likely to see water birds wading in the ponds, magnificent birds of prey soaring above, hares bounding across the meadows, as well as a butterflies, dragonflies and bees exploring the waterways and wildflowers. If you're lucky you might spot a watervole hiding among the reeds or a grass-snake basking by the ponds. Elmley is also crammed full of heritage and history: Discover the house where King James II was imprisoned in 1688, the remains of a Victorian village and the marshes that inspired Dickens' Great Expectations.The traditional Kentish barn is available for hire for weddings and events.Escape to Elmley, only one hour from London, and enjoy walking, bird watching, photography or simply relaxing in the magnificent scenery.
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Best Bird Reserve in Kent

Elmley Bird Reserve on Sheppey attracts visitors from all over the world. It is totally unspoilt and there is a huge variety of wildlife to enjoy. A relative of mine who visits... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 21, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Elmley Bird Reserve on Sheppey attracts visitors from all over the world. It is totally unspoilt and there is a huge variety of wildlife to enjoy. A relative of mine who visits Elmley but lives in France has built up a wonderful blog of photos taken here. He has visited many other reserves but considers Elmley one of the best.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

This nature reserve is brilliant so peaceful lovely walks, lots of birds and farm animals to look at very popular with bird watchers but just as nice to wonder along and even though it isn't far from the motorway you would never know it my grandchildren love it there well worth the visit free to enter you are only asked... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Found it a challenge to get to the car park. It's a long drive from the main road. The cattle seemed to like nothing more than to block our car's way which was rather problematic upon entering. It was busier when we left so didn't have a problem then. Apparently we parked in the wrong place to start with. We... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Beautiful and scenic - that's just the road! Two gorgeous walks to the Swale. Most amazing barn that would be perfect for a wedding.

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Chatham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

I do not think this is a commercial venture as suggested by another reviewer. It was my first visit to Elmley and it will not be my last. The drive from the entrance to the car park is almost 2 miles, but during that slow drive, I was lucky to encounter many birds very close to the road. I was... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

Elmley still is an amazing place but it is turning more and more into a commercial venture. The use of that 'honesty box' for parking is questionable when we know that the reserves are funded nationally and internationally by public money. Other commercial developments which are being steadily introduced are inevitably going to alter the character of what used to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Lovely place to visit. Very well maintained. Friendly staff happy to chat. Clean toilets. £5 donation requested in an honesty box at the car park. My 7 year old daughter is currently writing a list of all the creatures she saw. If you and your kids enjoy a walk go to the hides especially where the frogs are with their... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Lovely hides and a nice walk with loads of birds, rabbits and hares. The toilets by the car park could do with a sign designating gents and ladies. A great few hours on a bank holiday afternoon

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Spent too few hours on the reserve. We recognised about 0 species including redshank, oystercatchers, reed bunting, reed warblers, avocets, wheatear, a marsh harrier, shoveller, lapwings, coots with tiny chicks, sedge warbler and many more... So many of the birds were so close, especially those alongside the drive to the carpark. A really great day out. Use the toilets at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Wow just WOW!! Spent the last 2 nights in one of the gorgeous Shepherds Huts on this stunning reserve. It may be a teeny little hut but it's beautifully formed and the ultimate in back to basics romantic space. Super clean, super warm in the ice cold conditions we were in thanks to the wood burning stove and just darn... More 

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Address: Address: Kingshill Farm | Elmley, Sheerness ME12 3RW, England
Phone Number: +44 1795 664896
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Isle of Sheppey  >  Sheerness

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