Plan your visit
Car park: open, daily 9am-5pm. Closed outside of these hours.
Nature reserve: open, daily 9am-5pm. Closed outside of these hours.
Toilets: open daily, 9am-5pm.
Visitor Centre: open daily, 10am-4pm.
Shop: open daily, 10am-4pm.
Refreshments: open 10am-4pm for takeaway only.
- Free entrance to RSPB members
£2.50 (under 16)
Free entrance for first child
Free entrance for under 5s
- Free entrance for carers
Guided walks is closed
Viewing points are closed
Educational facilities are closed
How to get here
The nearest station is Rye, 10 miles (16 km) from the reserve. You can then take the bus 100 to Lydd, and bus 11/11A/11B (not Sundays) from Lydd to the reserve.
Ashford station is 16 miles (25 km) from the reserve. You can use bus service 11/11A/11B (not Sundays) to reserve.
Folkestone station is 20 miles (32 km) from the reserve. You can use bus service 101 to Lydd and bus 11/11A/11B (not Sundays) from Lydd to reserve.
Bus services 11/11A/11B from Ashford via Lydd (not Sundays) stop on request at the reserve entrance from where there is a one-mile walk to the Visitor Centre. There is a limited service on bus 102 from Lydd or Folkestone. The nearest stops on Sundays are at either Lydd or Lydd-on-Sea (The Pilot Inn).
One mile out of Lydd on the Dungeness Road turn right for the main site. The visitor centre and car park are one mile along the entrance track.
Sat nav POI file: If you have a satellite navigation system that can accept POI files, please see our POI page for a download link and instructions.
Information for dog owners
Please keep your dog on a lead and under close, effective control at all times whilst walking the public bridleways, due to the sensitive wildlife, habitats and livestock here. We know that the countryside is a dog walking paradise. It’s important to remember the special surroundings here are wonderful havens for rare wildlife. We’ve created designated dog-friendly routes for you and your pooch to enjoy responsibly. Even if dogs are very well behaved, wildlife and livestock can easily become startled by a loose dog they perceive as a predator.
Disturbing wildlife does more than simply causing it to move away; it uses up their energy, decreasing their chance of survival regardless of season. Thank you for protecting the special wildlife here by keeping your dog on a lead and under close, effective control.
- Our designated trails are not public footpaths, so sorry, no dogs are permitted on here other than assistance dogs.
- Dogs are permitted in the visitor centre and shop.
- Dogs die in hot cars, please do not leave your dog in the car when visiting us.
- There are no dog waste bins on the reserve, we ask that you take their waste home with you to dispose of.
Group booking information
Groups are usually welcome to visit us during normal opening hours. However, changes to laws in England mean that the maximum group size able to visit our reserve together is currently 6, unless you are from the same household or bubble.
Group visits are more than welcome as long as you let us know in advance. Please inform us of the date you wish to visit, the number of people you intend to bring, how you are travelling (eg by coach, minibus) and what time you are due to arrive at the reserve.
Schools booking information
Due to Covid-19 measures, we have temporarily paused our school visits until autumn 2021. For information on our exciting programme of curriculum-linked outdoor education sessions, visit our school trips information.
Our education programme currently caters for Key Stage 1 and 2 school children. Learn about a pond habitat and what lives inside it and identify minibeasts using keys. Learn about foodchains and lifecycles of various pond wildlife. Learn how to spot birds using binoculars and identify key features of different species of bird.
Education sessions can last half a day or a full day and can cater for one or two classes at a time. Please see our education page for more information, prices and how to book.
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