Elmley National Nature Reserve – A Return Visit

Elmley National Nature Reserve is on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent.  It is accessed via a two-mile road, along which it is possible to see birds and other wildlife.  The reserve itself is 3,200 acres in size, with marked trails and several bird hides.

My sister and I had visited once before, but dark clouds rolled in whilst we were still some distance from the car, and we abandoned our walk to avoid the likely downpour! We were determined to make it to the furthest hide, Spitend, overlooking the Swale Estuary, so planned a return visit on a shared day off work.  Near the hides, found along the route, there was some activity – people with significantly more knowledge of what they were looking at than either Helen or I possess! – but generally the latter part of the route, in particular, was remote and quiet.

Here are some of the photographs that I took along the way.  Clicking on any of them will open up the gallery should you wish to take a closer look.