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Reculver Visitor Centre and Country Park

A reserve combining undeveloped coast, historic buildings and wildlife interest

Please note: Reculver will be closing for the winter after the weekend 13th/14th December, and due to reopen for weekends only in March 2015. But the centre will be open 6 days a week for Easter 2015 (30th March - 12th April), and then throughout the summer. This longer period of closure during the winter months will allow the centre to open more frequently during the Spring and Summer periods in 2015, providing an improved service and offer to all our visitors.

With commanding views across the estuary, it old sea forts, modern wind-turbines and spectacular migratory birds, this award-winning, eco-friendly visitor centre is set in an extensive country park. The park has regulary won a 'Green Flag' awarded by the Environment Agency - and makes an excellent starting point for cliff top and seashore walks.

As well as its immense wildlife conservation interest, Reculver has a long and interesting  history and great archeological value. The site contains the remains of a roman fort and the famous twin towers of St Mary's Church dominate the coastline.

Large numbers of Brent goose can be seen in winter, kestrel are resident throughout the year and marsh harrier can be seen in the area spooking flocks of starlings. Swallow and house martin pass through in their thousands in the autumn for about two days, gannets and the rare manx shearwater are way out on the horizon in the late summer, and closer to the shore are comorants.

On the beach there are edible common shore and velvet swimming crabs and beadley anemones. There are also common lizards in the grassland and mining bees in the cliffs.

Nearby nature reserves

East Blean Wood NNR
4 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust
West Blean and Thornden Woods
6 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust
Sandwich and Pegwell Bay
8 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Reculver Lane
Herne Bay
Map reference
TR 225 695
Great for...
a family day out
historical interest
stunning views
Best time to visit
Apr - Sep
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Opening Times
Open every weekend in March. From 28th March open 6 days a week, 10am-4pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Gift shop
Visitor centre
Picnic facilities
Disabled toilet
Baby changing

Wheelchair accessible. Gates, Posts, The surface is Tarmac/Concrete and and a Steep Slope leading to reserve. There are vertical and horizontal signboards. There is no wheelchair accessibility along sea front
Walking information
You can explore the coast and surrounding countryside by following the numerous marked walking and cycling trails (eg Viking Coastal Trail, Oyster Bay Trail, Wantsum Walks and Saxon Shore Way).
There is a large pay and display car park.
Dogs allowed
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Kent Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01227 740676