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“Oare-some wader watching” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Oare Marshes Nature Reserve

Oare Marshes Nature Reserve
Church Road, Harty Ferry, Oare, Faversham ME13 0QA, England
01622 662012
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Ranked #2 of 3 Attractions in Oare
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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“Oare-some wader watching”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

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.

Visited March 2013
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Valencia, Spain
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“Remote and desolate beauty”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013 via mobile

The Oare Marshes are a large area of flat salt marsh, protected by a sea wall. There are a few small lakes and many fresh water dykes. The Saxon Shore Way long distance footpath runs alongside the sea wall, with views across the murky waters to the Isle of Sheppey. You can walk for miles in this remote wilderness. If you are a twitcher then paradise awaits you. Hen harriers are often seen here, even the odd merlin. Nearer the lakes there are often snipe and avocet. Perfect for dog walking. Can be bitterly cold in winter with a NE wind,
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London, United Kingdom
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“Wonderful birds”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

Beautiful autumn sunny day, with hundreds of golden plovers wheeling around a particular treat. Also enjoyed seeing snipe, water rail, avocets and numerous other waders. A peregrine flying through spooked virtually all of the birds on the ground.

Visited October 2012
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Faversham, United Kingdom
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“A Beautiful Nature Research beside the Swale”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

A beautiful nature research beside the Swale. At least 3 hides and an abundance of birds in both summer and winter.

Visited July 2012
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Gillingham, United Kingdom
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“Superb views”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

Quite often you can be just feet away from the cracking birdlife affording great views - often without the need of binoculars.

A number of varied habitats which often can mean birds can vary from a Blue Tit to a Grey Heron in size with plenty of rareties seen over the years

Visited May 2012
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