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.

Full information for visitors, including where we are, travel options, facilities and accessibility.


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.


get involved

Volunteers at work

If you love Hambrook Marshes there are plenty of ways to help out and keep in touch with what’s happening.

Discover more ways to get involved and stay up to date


WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR IN SEPTEMBER

latest news

  • AUGUST WILDLIFE NOTES
    One of the month’s highlights was squeezed into the last day of August, when a family party of two mute swan parents and eight full-grown juveniles were busily pulling up weed by Tonford bridge. Although the female may lay up…
  • PICNIC AREA REPAIRS
    We hired a concrete breaker and generator to dig out the four sturdy angle irons that provided major support for the decorative panels on either side of the picnic table. This was in preparation for new, taller angle irons to…
  • NEW LAND MANAGER
    We are delighted to have a newly-appointed trustee, Paul Roberts, who will be in charge of land management.  This includes responsibility for dealing with fencing and mowing contractors, our grazier, and the Kentish Stour Countryside Partnership (KSCP) work parties, as…
  • JULY WILDLIFE NOTES
    Is it summer or autumn? A record count of 27 marbled white butterflies in the scrub field would suggest the former, but the first returning black-headed gull on 21st and a green sandpiper along the river on 27th would indicate…
  • FALLEN TREE
    Strong winds on 27th July brought down a massive trunk and limb of one of the imposing hybrid poplars on the old railway embankment. Ironically, this was one of two trees marked up for tree surgery this autumn, on account…
  • WORK ON THE MARSHES IN JULY
    One of the very decorative panels that form part of the picnic table setup has rotted at its base and finally collapsed, or perhaps been pushed over. In view of its popularity, the decision has been taken to reinstall it,…
  • BOARDWALK RESTORATION: NEW POND
    The main focus of the month was the completion of phase 1 of the boardwalk restoration project following February’s arson attack. As reported in the last newsletter, contractors were engaged to remove all the damaged sections of melted boardwalk, which…

Find out what you might see if you visit Hambrook Marshes this month