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Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve and Jeffery Harrison Visitor Centre

A pioneering nature reserve which has a roughly equal proportions of water and land. It includes five lakes and a mixed habitat of ponds, seasonal flooded pools, reedbed and woodlands.

A pioneering nature reserve which has a roughly equal proportion of water and land. It includes five lakes and a mixed habitat of ponds, seasonal flooded pools, reedbed and woodlands.

It is a spectacular site for birds, but the reserve's wetland and woodland habitats also support a diverse community of plants, fungi and other animals. So far well over two thousand species have been identified and more are regularly being added to the list.

The visitor centre houses displays illustrating the prehistory and history of the site, the creation of the reserve, its habitats and the wildlife that they support. There are touch tables where visitors can handle all sorts of 'treasures' including birds nests, feathers and thirty thousand-year-old mammoth teeth.

 

In the Visitor Centre, you will find a welcoming café serving hot and cold drinks, Kentish ice cream and a small selection of savoury and sweet snacks. You can pick up the information about the reserve, check out the latest wildlife sightings and explore the exhibition displaying the history of the reserve and surrounding area. There is also a shop selling a wide variety of gifts suitable for all ages and perfect for presents for loved ones.

Nearby nature reserves

Polhill Bank
3 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust
Kemsing Down
3 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust
Fackenden Down
3 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Bradbourne Vale Road
Sevenoaks
Kent
TN13 3DH
Map reference
TQ 520 565
Great for...
a family day out
birdwatching
overwintering birds
spring migrant birds
wildflowers
Best time to visit
Jan - Dec
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Opening Times
The centre is open 10.00am-4.00pm Thursday to Sunday.
Facilities
Cafe
Gift shop
Visitor centre
Picnic facilities
Toilets
Size
73.00 hectares
Status
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Access
Yes

Wheelchair accessible. Visitors in Wheelchairs have access to the visitors centre, three hides and most of the nature trail.
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Walking information
There is very deep water in places, so under 16's must be accompanied by an adult. No dogs (except guide dogs) or bicycles are allowed and picnics are restricted to the designated area only. Visitors in wheelchairs have access to the visitor centre (with the exception on one first floor display), three hides and most of the nature trail. Parts of the reserve have restricted access and other areas may be closed from time to time for management or wildlife reasons. Please be aware that running/jogging round the Reserve is prohibited.
Parking
Parking on site.
Dogs
No dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Visitor Centre Manager: Amanda Hedges Area Warden : Susanna Clerici Reserve Warden: Paul Glanfield
Tel: 01622 357879
info@kentwildlife.org.uk