Reculver Country Park
The shoreline with Reculver towers in the distance.
Kent Wildlife Trust
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.