Welcome to Hambrook Marshes: a unique wildlife haven in the city of Canterbury
Visiting hambrook marshes
Hambrook Marshes is close to Canterbury city centre, easy to get to, and open at all times.
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.
If you love Hambrook Marshes there are plenty of ways to help out and keep in touch with what’s happening.
WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR IN AUGUST
More about other flowers and wildlife you might spot if you visit now.
Land managers wanted
We’re looking for voluntary land managers to help look after the site on a day to day basis, carrying out minor repair work and liaising with maintenance contractors.
- JULY WILDLIFE NOTESIs 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 TREEStrong 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 JULYSeven sections of tall riverbank vegetation, totalling 275m, were cut back so that visitors could enjoy views of the river from time to time. The nettles, hemlock water dropwort and various other tall plants provide valuable food and cover for…
- BOARDWALK RESTORATION: NEW PONDThe main focus of the month was in the Boardwalk Field for the completion of phase 1 of the restoration project following February’s arson attack on the boardwalk. As reported in the last newsletter, contractors were engaged to remove all…
- CANTERBURY MEADOWS PHOTO COMPETITIONThe Canterbury Society has launched a photographic competition, inviting people to submit photos of the flora and pollinators of our local meadows. Where better to go for inspiration than Hambrook Marshes’ very own hay meadow, which is the field containing…