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Reculver Visitor Centre and Country Park

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.

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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.

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
The centre is open all weekends in March. From March 27th until further notice the centre will be closed.
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