Oare Marshes LNR
Designated site name: Oare Marshes LNR   View map
LNR Type: Rural Type:  Biological
County: KENT Natural England Area Team: Sussex and Kent (LNR)
Other overlapping designations: The Swale Ramsar The Swale SPA The Swale SSSI
Date of Declaration: 01/01/1996 Declaring Authority: Swale Borough Council
Area (Ha): 71.44 Grid Reference: TR 011 645
Owned By:  Kent Wildlife Trust Managed By:  Kent Wildlife Trust
Location: Near Oare village, Faversham. ME13 0QA
How to get there: Please check how to get to the LNR e.g. Using Traveline Traveline website or phone 0871 200 22 33 (chargeable call)

By car take Harty Ferry Road north of Oare village, near Faversham.
Located on the south bank of the Swale Sea Channel, 2km (1 1/4 mile) north of Oare Village, near Faversham.
Bus 333 operates from Faversham, Sittingbourne and Maidstone to Oare Village 2km.
The nearest railway station is Faversham.

Visitor facilities: We advise you to check information about the current visitor facilities before you go to the LNR e.g. through the local authority or managing body's website.

What to see: On the Swale Estuary. A mecca for birdwatching and one of few remaining areas of traditional grazing marsh in Kent with reedbed and saltmarsh dissected by freshwater and brackish dykes.
Internationally important reserve for migratory, overwintering and breeding wetland birds. Avocet, redshank, snipe, lapwing, water rail, bearded reedling, common tern and garganay all breed here.
Migrating species include black-tailed godwit, ruff, little stint, curlew, greenshank, sandpiper and whimbrel. Overwintering species include brent goose, dunlin, wigeon, merlin, hen harrier, short-eared owl, bittern and twite. The saltmarsh supports a unique set of plants tolerant of the salty conditions including golden samphire, sea lavender, sea purslane, sea clover and thrift. Freshwater dykes contain frogbit, reedmace and water plantain.
Common seals are often seen in the Swale Estuary.

Volunteer and 'Friends': For information about volunteering and 'Friends' groups, please contact the manager and see teh local authority or managing body's website.
Contact the local authority or owner of the LNR for further information - e.g. through the Local authority website.

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