Hambrook Marshes is a beautiful 50 acre wetland area lying by the River Stour, close to Canterbury city centre. As well as a tranquil riverside walk (or jog, or cycle), there are interesting historical features, great views, and an abundance of wildlife, birds and wildflowers to enjoy. Find out more here.


Nineteenth century landscape painting with cattle grazing on the marshes in the foreground and Canterbury Cathedral in the background

Plenty of clues to Hambrook Marshes’ history can be seen today. The centuries of cattle grazing, the introduction of clean water supplies to Canterbury, the advent of local railways in the nineteenth century, and the years as a quarry in the later twentieth century are all visible in the landscape.

Find out more about the history of Hambrook Marshes


Geese in flight

Hambrook attracts migratory birds and seasonal visitors as well as supporting its own resident population. So the birds that you might spot vary throughout the year, and the different habitats on the marshes attract and support different birds. Over 100 species of birds have been seen on or over the marshes since we started recording!

Find out more about the birds of Hambrook Marshes

From spring to autumn you’re likely to see grazing cattle, which are important to the site’s environmental wellbeing. Look out as well for slow worms, newts, frogs, dragonflies, damselflies, and all sorts of butterflies.


Field of buttercups

You can see many different flowers and plants on Hambrook Marshes, reflecting the variety of habitats and ecosystems on the site.

We aim to manage the land in a way that allows a wide range of wild flowers to flourish to support pollinating insects, with vegetation and trees providing shelter and food to wildlife throughout the year.

Find out more about the plants of Hambrook Marshes


Love Hambrook Marshes (LHM) CIO is the charity that owns and manages Hambrook Marshes. It was formed by local residents in 2014 when the site was threated by redevelopment.

Our aims

  • To ensure Hambrook Marshes remains open and undeveloped
  • To ensure conservation of the site through effective land management
  • To protect and encourage plant and wildlife
  • To guarantee the existing public access to the site
  • To encourage community involvement in the site


Hilary Adams: Treasurer
Margaret Love: Founder
Richard Norman: Secretary
Sian Pettman: Litter, media, facebook
Paul Roberts: Land manager
Michael Walter: Environmental manager, newsletter
Jon Winder: Chair

Annual reports

Annual report 2021-22

Annual report 2020-21

Annual report 2016-17

Annual report 2015-16

Annual report 2014-15

Registered charity no 1156473

Visitor survey

We undertook a count of visitors one weekend in July 2021. A total of 1451 people visited the marshes, on foot, on bikes, in pushchairs, wheelchairs, and even on a unicycle! Full survey report