A reserve combining undeveloped coast, historic buildings and wildlife interest
Canterbury City Council are currently arranging a tender process for the management of the Visitor Centre at Reculver after 31st March 2017. Kent Wildlife Trust have put in an expression of interest to continue the running of the centre. It is anticipated that this process could take up to 8 weeks before a decision is made by Canterbury City Council. Regretfully, the Visitor Centre will be closed until then. If you are a school enquiring about the use of the coach car park. Please call Canterbury City Council on 01227 862000.
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 regularly 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 archaeological 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 cormorants.
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.