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Sandwich and Pegwell Bay

A complex mosaic of habitats of international importance for its bird population.

The Trust's largest and one of its most important nature reserves, with the only ancient dune pasture in Kent. The reserve is made up of a complex mosaic of habitats: inter-tidal mudflats, saltmarsh, shingle beach, sand dunes, ancient dune pastures, chalk cliffs, wave cut platform and coastal scrubland.

The reserve is of international importance for its waders and wildfowl, best seen over winter or during the spring and autumn migrations.



Nearby nature reserves

East Blean Wood NNR
9 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust
Lydden Temple Ewell - The James Teacher Reserve
12 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust
West Blean and Thornden Woods
12 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Sandwich Road
CT12 5JB
Map reference
TR 341 632
Great for...
a family day out
geological interest
getting away from it all
historical interest
lichens and mosses
overwintering birds
spring flowers
spring migrant birds
stunning views
Best time to visit
Jan - Dec
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Opening Times
8.30am to 7.00pm or dusk if earlier. The toilets are not always open.
Picnic facilities
615.00 hectares
Country Park
County Geological Site
Local Nature Reserve (LNR)
National Nature Reserve (NNR)
Natura 2000
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Special Areas of Conservation (SAC)
Special Protection Areas (SPA)
Wheelchair accessible. Visitors in Wheelchairs have access to the visitors centre, three hides and most of the nature trail. Interpretation readable from sitting height. Coloured tactile waymarkers 1m high.
Walking information
No dogs south of the river off the dune trail, dogs must be kept on leads. Nature trails lead to a viewing hide and views over Pegwell Bay, south of the Stour. Visitors are asked to avoid the beach at Shellness and to keep to the marked paths to avoid disturbing nesting and roosting birds. A nature trail leaflet is available by telephoning the Trust.
The main access is via Pegwell Bay Country Park, off the A256 midway between Sandwich and Ramsgte. Ample car parking is available £1 per day weekdays and £1.50 per day weekends.
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Highlands and other cattle, occasional Exmoor ponies, sheep and Konik horses
Reserve manager
Vicky Aitkenhead
Tel: 01622 662012