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Elmley National Nature Reserve

Elmley is a huge National Nature Reserve, where peaceful meadows and waterways are dominated by vast, soul-stirring skies.

The Reserve, on a family-run farm, is renowned for wildlife and new Shepherds Hut accommodation.  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 Reserve is a popular spot for photographer owing to its mesmerising landscapes, special quality of light and abundance of wildlife.  Adult workshops and hire of photography hides are also available.

The Reserve is a renowned wildlife spot with the highest concentration of breeding waders such as lapwing, redshank, avocet, oyster catcher in lowland UK  attracting wildlife enthusiasts, birdwatchers  and photographers from throughout the UK.

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. 

For more information on Elmley please contact:

Georgina Fulton:  07582 414 585 or georgina@elmleynaturereserve.co.uk

Or visit www.elmleynaturereserve.co.uk

Photo Credits: Robert Canis and John Whitting

Opening Times

Open daily except Tuesday - 7am to sunset

Facilities

  • Guided tours
  • Groups welcome
  • Coaches welcome
  • Guide Dogs, Hearing Dogs and Registered Assistance Dogs welcome
  • Conference / Meeting facilities