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Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve (NNR), is located just outside Canterbury between Stodmarsh Village and Grove Ferry Picnic Site and is one of the best places in the country to enjoy the outdoors and experience spectacular wildlife. It is owned by Natural England and managed for wildlife and visitors.  The nature trails across the Reserve will help you get the most from your visit and take you past wildlife hotspots. You could bring a pair of binoculars to get a close-up view of the wildfowl from our bird hides, and you will be able to find out more about the special nature and places at this site from the interpretation panels.  Dogs are welcome in many areas of the reserve if they are on a lead.  Sorry, but dogs are not allowed on the sign-posted ‘Short Circuit Nature Trail’ and the ‘Nature Trail Extension’


The reserve car park is east of Stodmarsh village, located along with the turn off between the Red Lion pub and the church (CT3 4BB). Voluntary car parking charges can be paid in advance or on the day using the RingGo app. Cash donation boxes are sited in the car park (CT3 4BA) or at the Grove Ferry end of the reserve.  All monies raised, through these voluntary donations, will be used to make improvements to Stodmarsh NNR for people and for wildlife that we would be otherwise unable to implement.  Please do email us with your suggestions, specifying the reserved name, to:   There is additional pay and display parking, managed by Kent County Council, by the Grove Ferry Pub (CT3 4BP) at the opposite end of the reserve on Grove Road, south-east of Upstreet.

Easy access information

The CT3 4BB postcode is for the National Nature Reserve (NNR) car park, toilets and the best disabled/pushchair access including a ‘Radar Key’ operated kissing gate at the entrance.   The beginning of the pathway from this car park is a purpose-built, compacted stone pathway with seating at regular intervals and periodic passing places – (one accessible route), as well as access to the Reedbed Hide for wheelchairs, motor scooters and push-chair users.

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