Elmley National Nature Reserve

November Covid Update

It was heartbreaking to lock up all our accommodation again today but we are so thrilled to let you know that we can stay open for day visits!! 🎉
We can’t tell you have pleased we are to welcome local visitors for the day. You may think November as just being cold and dark, but here at Elmley it IS spectacular with huge misty skies filled with birds. The Reserve is just coming to life with sooo many waders and wildfowl coming in from colder climes to spend their winter in balmy Kent!
And with them the birds of prey, watching owls hunt is always a joy but particularly so over glistening frosty fields.
We’ll be open Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays for pre booked visits. Two children are included in every adult ticket.
Takeaway coffees, cakes and yummy seasonal lunches by @wastedkitchen are available! 🍲
If you can’t make it or live too far, we’ll keep on bringing nature to you with plenty of stories from the marsh and also virtual tours to book with our superstar nature guide @birderburrows 💫
Wishing you all the best for the next few weeks and stay safe

 

For pre-booked day visits, online bookings and up to date visitor information go to https://www.elmleynaturereserve.co.uk/the-reserve-information

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 visiting Elmley please call: 07931 315271

Or visit www.elmleynaturereserve.co.uk

Photo Credits: Robert Canis and John Whitting

Opening Times

Elmley will has reopened for pre-booked visitors only:

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Pre-booked Visits - booking system is available for tickets on Monday's, Wednesday's and Sunday's.

Address

Kingshill Farm, Elmley
Sheerness
ME12 3RW

Entry Price

Half day (9am - 1pm or 1pm -5pm) £6 per person

Full Day (9am to 5pm) £11 per person

All monies are administered by the Elmley Nature Reserve Community Interest Company and are 100% spent on maintaining and improving visitor facilities, information and conservation work.

Unfortunately we can not provide concessionary discounts.

Each adult tickets permits entry for up to two accompanying children free of charge.

School and community visits are welcome free of charge but must pre-book visits info@elmleynaturereserve.co.uk
Each adult tickets permits entry for up to two accompanying children free of charge.

School and community visits are welcome free of charge but must pre-book visits info@elmleynaturereserve.co.uk