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About Northward Hill

Grey herons at St Albans (Aren't birds brilliant!)

Image: Nigel Blake

On a ridge overlooking the Thames Marshes and its marsh harriers, Northward Hill includes scrubland rich in nightingales and whitethroats, a lovely bluebell wood, a large rookery and a cherry orchard. It is also a working farm with cows and sheep.

The reserve also includes great swathes of flat marshes, where lapwings and avocets breed. In winter you can see wigeons and teals in large numbers.

Opening times

Open at all times.

Entrance charges

Free, but donations to help us continue our work here are welcome.

Information for dog owners

Dogs are allowed on the Saxon Shore Way and bridleways. Please remember this is a working farm, there may be occasional vehicles on some trails and livestock can be in the fields and orchard.

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Where is it?

  • Lat/lng: 51.458196,0.544553
  • Grid reference: TQ768765
  • Nearest town: Hoo, Kent
  • County: Kent
  • Country: England

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