Book a table at the "Three Mariners" in the village then walk up the creek to this little gem of a reserve. The footpath takes you round the 'flood' and back to the creek. Two hides on this circuit and another across the road. Bitterly cold in winter so wrap up warm. Try to catch the high tide when 100s of waders roost on the freshwater pools. Avocet, godwits, Redshank, Grey Plovers, etc., Shelduck, Wigeon, Teal etc., Hen & Marsh Harriers - check http://www.kentos.org.uk/recentsigntings/recentsightings.htm for latest sightings. Arguably the best place in Kent to see waders and duck at close quarters. Refreshing water from an artesian well. Only downside is that you have to be careful where you tread thanks to a minority of thoughtless dog walkers who fail to clean up after their pooches.
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