Welcome to Hambrook Marshes: a unique wildlife haven in the city of Canterbury

The beautiful landscape of Canterbury’s biggest green open space is a natural wildlife haven, home to thriving bird life and a wealth of plants and wildflower species. Open all year round, its tranquil riverside paths and wetlands are the perfect way to enjoy nature in the city.  

Visiting hambrook marshes

Hambrook Marshes is close to Canterbury city centre, easy to get to, and open at all times.

NB As a wetland, areas of Hambrook Marshes may be flooded after heavy rain, including sections of the path.

Full information for visitors, including location, travel options, facilities and accessibility.


get involved

Volunteers at work

If you love Hambrook Marshes there are plenty of ways to help out.

Make a donation | Volunteering


about hambrook

Did you know that the land by the River Stour that is now Hambrook Marshes was once a 40 feet deep quarry?

Find out more about the history, and the plants, birds and wildlife that now thrive here.


WILDLIFE TO LOOK OUT FOR IN OCTOBER

latest news

  • AUGUST NATURE NOTES
    No swifts have been seen over Hambrook this summer, and they are already heading back to Africa, so it looks as if this is going to be the first blank year for a truly iconic species. Loss of nest sites in … Read more
  • COWS RETURN
    After the May debacle that led to the cattle being removed from the marshes after some of the beasts leapt over a fence and made a bid for freedom, we finally have ten cows back in the Boardwalk Field. We hope … Read more
  • GREEN FLAG AWARD
    Once again Hambrook Marshes has gained a Green Flag award, the international quality mark for parks and green spaces. The scheme, which is managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, … Read more
  • BIODIVERSITY EMERGENCY DECLARATION
    Biodiversity – the interconnected variety of plant and animal species – is in deep trouble. As habitats disappear because of ever-increasing development, or deteriorate because of damaging agricultural practices, as temperatures rise and as food chains and ecosystems are disrupted, … Read more
  • FIVE-YEAR PLAN
    2023 is the year in which the trustees review the five-year management plan, with the opportunity to change the direction of management in light of our experience since 2018, coupled with financial implications (our government grants have been in steady … Read more
  • JUNE NATURE NOTES
    Six southern marsh orchids were present in the usual spot, three more have just been found nearby, and a further two were stumbled upon in Tonford Field. The number of known pyramidal orchids in Whitehall Field has also increased from … Read more
  • MAY NATURE NOTES
    The question on everyone’s lips is “Has it really gone?” They are, of course, referring to the ring-necked parakeet that had made Hambrook Marshes its home since August 2021, but whose raucous screech hasn’t been heard this month. Initially, the old railway … Read more