LUDDENHAM MARSHES

En­joy a wealth of win­ter vis­i­tors from the Saxon Shore Way

Bird Watching (UK) - - Go Birding - PAUL TRODD

SAND­WICHED BETWEEN SITTINGBOURNE and Faver­sham, Luddenham Marshes is one of last large re­main­ing tracts of the once ex­ten­sive North Kent marshes to have sur­vived de­vel­op­ment and agri­cul­tural ‘im­prove­ment’. Win­ter­ing birds here­abouts are of­ten tide de­pen­dent. At low tide, the mud­flats at­tract con­sid­er­able num­bers of shore­birds and wild­fowl, par­tic­u­larly Curlew and Dunlin and Brent Geese and Wi­geon, while sea duck and grebes are fre­quently noted at high tide on the Swale. Rap­tors can be en­coun­tered just about any­where, while the shin­gle beach can hold a small flock of Snow Bunt­ings, but only rarely Shore Lark and Twite. The farm­land can yield Corn Bunting and Tree Spar­row flocks and don`t for­get to check out any feral goose and swan flocks for some­thing rarer in their midst.

Curlew

Snow Bunting

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