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 OCTOBER

latest news

  • NEW PHOTO COMPETITION – AUTUMN ON HAMBROOK MARSHES
    Love Hambrook Marshes has started a new photo competition. Each quarter, we’ll be looking for the best seasonal photo of Hambrook Marshes. The first competition is open now, so we want lovely photos showing autumn on the marshes. Hambrook Marshes…
  • BREAKING NEWS: COUNCIL WITHDRAWS WINCHEAP PARK AND RIDE PLANS
    Canterbury City Coucil issued a statement on 9th October, announcing the withdrawal of their current plan for the extension of the Wincheap Park and Ride. “We have been informed by Highways England that their experts cannot sign off the design…
  • SEPTEMBER WILDLIFE NOTES
    Recording mammals can be quite hard work; we have a very impoverished mammalian fauna in the UK, and the majority of them are small, dull brown and nocturnal. It’s hardly surprising then that no systematic observation has been carried out,…
  • PICNIC TABLE RESTORED
    It was a bit of a struggle, but at last the picnic table has been restored to its former glory by artist/sculptor Steven Portchmouth who originally built this iconic piece of rural furniture. The two richly carved and ornamented wooden…
  • TREE WATERING
    I thought that by now we would no longer need to be tending the large trees we planted in late winter near the A2 bridge, once the drought broke in mid-August, but by the end of that month we were…
  • WINCHEAP PARK AND RIDE EXTENSION UPDATE SEPT 2020
    There’s an interesting article in the 17th September issue of the Kentish Gazette about the new council leader, Ben Fitter-Harding. Encouragingly, he alludes to his thoughts on the proposed extension to the Wincheap park and ride: “With the park and…
  • 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…

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