Some of you will remember joining Peter Beckenham, a local birdwatcher and conservationist, for a walk at Swanscombe Marshes. The area is under threat of development by Paramount for an “Entertainment Resort”. Sally and I have have been back many times since then and I have occasionally posted a report on this website.
The habitat is quite diverse (and at first look rather tatty) but it supports many species of flowers and insects. On a sunny day it’s a great place to be! The range of birds to be seen is quite remarkable and we nearly always see something special too.
The area can be accessed from Greenhithe High Street and then walking east (public footpaths are marked) or from Northfleet near Stonebridge along Lower Road/Botany Road and then walking west.
The walk in (or drive in) here is very industrial but the entrance to the Nature Reserve is marked and once inside it’s quite different – there is even a nice picnic bench. The reserve only covers a small part of the marsh but it is now managed by Kent Wildlife Trust and it is worth visiting on its own. I wish I had discovered this area years ago.