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“Peaceful perfection”

Elmley National Nature Reserve
Ranked #3 of 17 things to do in Sheerness
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Owner description: Note: This is the page for day visitors to the Nature Reserve. For overnight stays in the cottage and Shepherd's Huts, there is a separate TripAdvisor page - Elmley Nature Reserve Stays. £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.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

After the thunderstorms kept me awake through the night, bu 4am today I had had enough. I packed a camera, binoculars, some cash (in case) and drove along the foreshore of the Medway and the Swale before the sun could force its way through the gloom.
These days it is off the beaten track: The Bridge (that is its official title for the oversized spanning of the Swale) takes you past the access track, and also the local train halt.
The sky was leaden, the sun super-red, but cold, and the rain clouds were threatening.
So - what did I get for my money?
Well, you will be unlucky to be asked to pay (and if you are an RSPB member you can enter for free anyway), it teams with marsh habitats, wildlife, and thousands of birds scattered across six miles of the Swale foreshore.
At 4.30am I had seen the sub.Sixty minutes later I had seen two hares, three foxes, lapwings, cattle, the most enormous bull, dozens of little egrets,
a black pheasant, heard various frogs and toads calling, watched two marsh harriers and so.
There were several little egrets from their roost 12 miles away on the Isle of Grain. This is the place where the Mayor of London considers it is more appropriate for London's Heathrow replacement to be built and to hell with the "trivial" objectors in north Kent - including 32,000 people who would also be displaced by his runways, and jet aircraft,m trains and motorway access.
This is a place that should never be despoiled. It is not trivial to wish to protect the environment for birds, yourself and to improve things for future generations.
People (like me) moved here for work, the peace, wildlife, and some of the finest seascapes anywhere. We did not chose to live next to an airport. While I sympathise with those who did, Heathrow, Gatwick, Stanstead and Luton (like Birmingham) have been there for many years. Grain's airport (the first for seaplanes) and Sheppey's airport have been gone at least 80 years.
Visitors and residents need places like Elmley Marshes, now anbd for all time.

3  Thank gl8246
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

This bird reserve is where Boris wants to build an airport! Acres of marsh and grassland make it a haven for all sorts of birds, but the lapwings are magic- just by the track, and then flying off in thaer wierd and wonderful way. If you like birds, don't miss this one.

2  Thank Ronni L
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

Varied habitat = a good variety of birds.

On our first visit we sat in the car on the drive out and watched a Marsh Harrier devour its prey from close range.

An amazing place in winter with its 1000's of wintering ducks

2  Thank RichardD1960
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