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Oare Marshes
LNR Type: Rural
County: Kent
Natural England
Regional Team:
South East
Year of Declaration: 1996
Declaring Authority: Swale Borough Council
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Grid Reference: TR 013647
Location: Near Oare village, Faversham. ME13 0QA
Owned by: Kent Wildlife Trust
Managed by: Kent Wildlife Trust
SSSI Type: Biological
Link to site map: Click here to open the site map from the MAGIC web site.
How to get there: By car take Harty Ferry Road north of Oare village, near Faversham.
Located on the south bank of the Swale Sea Channel, 2km (1 1/4 mile) north of Oare Village, near Faversham.
Bus 333 operates from Faversham, Sittingbourne and Maidstone to Oare Village 2km.
The nearest railway station is Faversham.
Visitor facilities: Car park opposite the "Watch House" (former customs outpost).
There is a disabled-only car park 300m from the hide overlooking the East Flood.
Sign posted circular walk follows the Saxon Shore Way along the top of the sea wall.
Two birdwatching hides.
Livestock occasionally present.
What to see: On the Swale Estuary. A mecca for birdwatching and one of few remaining areas of traditional grazing marsh in Kent with reedbed and saltmarsh dissected by freshwater and brackish dykes.
Internationally important reserve for migratory, overwintering and breeding wetland birds. Avocet, redshank, snipe, lapwing, water rail, bearded reedling, common tern and garganay all breed here.
Migrating species include black-tailed godwit, ruff, little stint, curlew, greenshank, sandpiper and whimbrel. Overwintering species include brent goose, dunlin, wigeon, merlin, hen harrier, short-eared owl, bittern and twite. The saltmarsh supports a unique set of plants tolerant of the salty conditions including golden samphire, sea lavender, sea purslane, sea clover and thrift. Freshwater dykes contain frogbit, reedmace and water plantain.
Common seals are often seen in the Swale Estuary.
Volunteer and 'Friends of' groups: Volunteer with the Wildlife Trust
Contact the Volunteer Development Officer,
Sue Morris at the Trust.
Contacts for further information and how to get involved: Kent Wildlife Trust
Reserve Manager
Kevin Duvall
Tel: 01622 662012
Website address and other links:
alternatively try and search for Oare Marshes Local Nature Reserve

Last updated 18/03/13
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