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As of 8 May the management of this site has transferred from the RSPB to the Elmley Conservation Trust. Please visit their new website for more details.

Top things to do in Spring

  1. Enjoy one of the highest nesting concentrations of redshanks and lapwings in the country, when the spring air is full of their evocative display flights and calls
  2. Get close views of the nesting avocets in front of Wellmarsh hide
  3. See the other rare breeding species like yellow wagtails, grey partridges, garganeys and black-tailed godwits

Top things to do in Summer

  1. Hear the marsh frog, up to three times larger than our native frog, with its loud 'laughing' croak
  2. See both slow-worms and common lizards basking in the sun on the seawalls
  3. Observe the dragonflies and damselflies patrol the freshwater ditches. Crickets and grasshoppers can be heard in the grasslands

Top things to do in Autumn

  1. Waders en route from the Arctic to Africa, such as green sandpipers and spotted redshanks, can be seen on the pools
  2. Marsh harrier numbers are boosted by new youngsters
  3. Little egret numbers are at a peak

Top things to do in Winter

  1. See wildfowl descend on the reserve from Siberia, eastern Europe and Scandinavia, including up to 20,000 wigeons, 5,000 teals and pintail in their hundreds, as well as others such as Bewick's swan, white-fronted geese, red-breasted merganser and various grebes
  2. See peregrines, hen harriers and short-eared owls hunt over the marshes
  3. The wader roost can include several hundred grey plovers and black-tailed godwits and several thousand dunlins

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We haven't got any events planned here at the moment. Check out our main events pages to find something up your street (or at least quite near to it).


Map of Elmley Marshes

Map of Elmley Marshes

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Date: 3 April 2012


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Black-tailed godwit in display flight

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Tree pipit singing from pine tree

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