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 during periods of heavy rain. Wellies are currently strongly advised!

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 JUNE

latest news

  • CATTLE ARRIVE
    A small herd of cattle are now resident in the middle field on Hambrook Marshes. Dog-walkers should always have dogs on a lead in this area. The cattle can be quite inconspicuous when they’re lying down, so please keep dogs…
  • MAY WILDLIFE NOTES
    Summer has arrived, and the first cuckoo was heard on the marshes on May 10th, coming from the direction of Chartham.  The surviving trunk and main boughs of the poplar on the old railway embankment that was heavily cut back…
  • NEW TREES
    As part of a Humanist Climate Action event, two small willows were planted to augment the 18 trees that were put in over a year ago to help screen the A2 bridge. Bizarrely, one of them was pulled up a few…
  • WINCHEAP PARK AND RIDE RUMBLING
    An article in the Kentish Gazette on June 3rd suggests that the off-slip road into the Wincheap park and ride area is not a dead duck. According to the City Council spokesman, “The provision of the fourth slip road and the…
  • LATEST ANNUAL REPORT
    Love Hambrook Marshes’ annual report for 2020-21 is now online. It gives a summary of the charity’s trustees’ and volunteers’ work over the last year, main events on the Marshes, and a review of the current state of the site’s…
  • APRIL WILDLIFE NOTES
    This month saw a very welcome increase in our population of snake’s head fritillaries. The original planting in the boardwalk field about ten years has been on its knees for some time, numbers hovering between two and five for the past…
  • NEW “WELCOME” MARKERS
    We’ve recently painted “Welcome to Love Hambrook Marshes” with our logo on the path at the main entrances to the Marshes. There’s a common misapprehension that the Marshes are owned and managed by the council. People are often surprised to discover that…