Marsh Harrier in Flight

© Andrew Parkinson/2020VISION

Marsh harrier Circus aeruginosus.
An adult, backlit by evening sunlight, in flight.

Birds of Prey of the North Kent Marshes

Location: Capel Fleet Raptor Viewpoint, Harty Ferry Road, Isle of Sheppey, Kent
Another chance to attend our popular birds of prey day. You will look at how to identify different species and learn about their characteristics, habitats and behaviour.

Event details

Meeting point

Raptor Viewpoint

Date

Time
10am - 4pm
A static map of Birds of Prey of the North Kent Marshes

About the event

The Isle of Sheppey has the highest density of overwintering birds of prey in the county and is one of the UK’s premier sites for species such as short-eared owl, hen and marsh harrier, merlin, peregrine and, in some years, rough-legged buzzard. 

The morning will be spent watching birds of prey from the specially designed RSPB raptor viewpoint at Capel Fleet.  Advice will be provided on how to observe and identify the various species in the field.

After lunch there will be a photographic presentation on birds of prey in Kent during which we will look again at the key identification features for each species and learn about the characteristics of this fascinating group.  The definition of ‘raptor’ and ‘bird of prey’ will also be covered.  This will take place in Eastchurch Village Hall.  Tea and coffee will be available. 

Later in the afternoon we will be outdoors again at Shellness Point or another local site to put the knowledge into practice.  As the light fades we will also learn about roosting behaviour.

Booking

Phone number

01622 662012

Price

Normal fee: £33 per person per day.
Concessionary fee: Kent Wildlife Trust volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students £5 off.

Additional booking information

Online booking preferred.

Suitable for

Adults

Know before you go

Mobility

The paths are generally level with gradual slopes and a firm surface. One of the walks may however include a modest hill and a few muddy patches. The total distance walked on the day will be no more than one mile at a gentle pace with frequent stops.

Wheelchair access

Please contact us using the details below to share any accessibility needs.

Hearing loop

Please contact us using the details below to share any accessibility needs.

What to bring

Binoculars and a telescope if you have one. Suitable clothing and a packed lunch. Please contact us if you need to borrow binoculars.

Parking information

Some car parking is available at Capel Fleet.

Contact us

Jill Evington
Contact number: 01622 662012