Plan your visit
- Nature reserve: open daily, 9am-4pm. Closed outside of these hours.
- Car park: open daily, 9am-5pm. Closed outside of these hours.
- Visitor Centre: open daily, 10am-4pm.
- Shop: open daily, 10am-4pm.
- Refreshments: takeaways available daily, 10am-4pm.
- Toilets: open daily, 9am-5pm.
Festive opening times
- Christmas Eve: nature reserve, car park and toilets open, 9am-3pm. Visitor centre, shop and refreshments open, 10am-3pm.
- Christmas Day: nature reserve, car park, visitor centre, shop, refreshments and toilets closed.
- Boxing Day: nature reserve, car park, visitor centre, shop, refreshments and toilets closed.
- New Year’s Eve: nature reserve, car park and toilets open, 9am-3pm. Visitor centre, shop and refreshments open, 10am-3pm.
- New Year’s Day: nature reserve, car park and toilets open, 9am-4pm. Visitor centre, shop and refreshments open, 10am-4pm.
- All other days in the festive period are open our usual winter opening hours as above.
- Free entrance to RSPB members
£2.50 (under 18)
Free entrance for first child
Free entrance for under 5s
- Free entrance for carers
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 please take their waste home with you to dispose of.
Group booking information
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
For details on our exciting programme of curriculum-linked outdoor
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.
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