Enjoy walking in Stodmarsh..
The Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve, Kent ..
This short walk is part of the Kent County Council Walks for All series. Their web site is here.
It is 1km long with an option of another 0.5 km. Full details of the walk are on the pdf document here.
The reserve grew from the marshland caused by coal mining subsidence, creating large reedbeds, lakes, ditches, meadows and wet woodland.
The diverse habitats support numerous breeding and migrating birds. The lagoons and reedbeds are important for wildfowl. Mallard, gadwall and pochard ducks breed on site most years and in winter they are joined by teal, water rail and widgeon.
Other birds to be seen on the reserve include reed and sedge warbler, bittern, great crested grebe and coot. Flocks of martin, swallow and wagtail stop over in autumn and spring.
Look out for invertebrates, including the nationally rare ram's horn snail, moths, and rare plants such as the carnivorous greater bladderwort, greater spearwort and bog bean.
How to get there
Postcode starting point: CT31 1BB
Car: Access from A257 or A28. In Stodmarsh village, take the road to the right of the Red Lion Inn and follow to car park.