Marsh Harrier in Flight - Gary Cox

Marsh Harrier in Flight

© Gary Cox

Autumn Migration in North Kent

Fully booked
Observe and find out how to identify wetland birds. Discover how birds navigate and learn about the remarkable migrations they make.

Event details

Meeting point

Oare Marshes Local Nature Reserve main car park at the end of the Harty Ferry Road in Oare Village near Faversham Post code: ME13 0QD (then continue for ½ mile to end of road).


10am - 4pm
A static map of Autumn Migration in North Kent

About the event

Oare Marshes is one of the best areas in the UK for observing birds of prey and the Swale estuary is regularly used by ospreys on passage to Africa. Other typical species at this time of year include marsh harrier, peregrine, merlin, common buzzard, hobby and occasionally Montagu’s harrier.

Much of the day will be spent in the field observing and learning about wetland birds and their key identification features.  This will be timed to coincide with high tide when the maximum number of birds use the reserve’s floods and scrapes for roosting and feeding.

During the middle part of the day there will be a presentation on the subject of “Autumn Bird Migration” covering the reasons why birds migrate, how they navigate and prepare for their incredible journeys and the routes they take.

Information and advice will also be provided on binoculars, field guides and other birdwatching equipment.

Participants will be given instruction on how to identify the various species in the field together with information about the characteristics, habitats and behaviour of these birds. 

By the end of the day it is expected that participants will be able to answer the following questions:

1.    What are some of the characteristics used to identify waders and other wetland birds.?
2.    Autumn migration – why do birds migrate?
3.    How do birds navigate over such prodigious distances?

Led by Tony Swandale, Ornithologist

Suitable for beginners and improvers.

Please note that there are no toilet facilities at this reserve.


Phone number

01622 662012


Standard fee: £35 per person per day.
Concessionary fee: Kent Wildlife Trust volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students £5 off.

Suitable for


Know before you go


Dogs on leads are permitted at this reserve but are not appropriate for this activity.


Level paths, gentle slopes, firm surface. Up to 2 miles covered, gentle pace with frequent stops.

What to bring

Binoculars/telescope, all weather clothing, walking shoes/boots, waterproofs, packed lunch and drink.

Standard specifications for binoculars: 8 - 10 x 30 - 50 mm e.g. 8 x 30, 8 x 40, 10 x 40, 10 x 50.  Binoculars with zoom lenses or with magnifications over 10 x, and compact binoculars with lenses of less than 30 mm, are not recommended. (Binoculars can be borrowed if pre-booked).


Parking information

Oare Marshes main car park - ME13 0QD (then continue for 1/2 mile to end of road)

Contact us

Jill Evington
Contact number: 01622 662012