Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve

Coordinates: 51°18′40″N 1°11′13″E / 51.311°N 1.187°E / 51.311; 1.187 Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve lies in the valley of the Great Stour river, between Westbere and Grove Ferry, in the county of Kent, and forms part of the extensive Stodmarsh SSSI[2] area that includes the adjacent Westbere Marshes.

Stodmarsh NNR
Site of Special Scientific Interest
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Grid referenceTR222618
Interestbiological, ornithological
Area604.4 hectares 1493.4 acres
Official nameStodmarsh
Designated16 December 1993
Reference no.646[1]

The reserve consists of a number of different habitats that are important for wildlife:

  • A large area of open water at Stodmarsh
  • Flooded gravel pits at Westbere
  • Extensive reedbeds
  • Alder woodland and carr
  • Water meadows and rough grazing at Grove Ferry

Stodmarsh is designated as one of only 35 "spotlight reserves" in England by Natural England in the list of national nature reserves in England. This is not strictly speaking a "natural" habitat – the area around Grove Ferry has been restored to wetland habitat by English Nature (now Natural England) and the areas of open water came about as a result of the flooding of areas used for gravel extraction or undermined by mining subsidence.

The Stodmarsh NNR and the area around Grove Ferry have become famous for attracting rare and endangered bird species. A species list can be found on the website of the Kent Ornithological Society. [3]

The Stodmarsh NNR now forms a central and ecologically important feature in the Kentish Stour Countryside Project [4] and is an important site for the protection and encouragement of critically endangered aquatic mammal species such as the European otter and the water vole.


The Reserve may be visited either from Stodmarsh village (grid ref TR220606) on the South-west side (where there is a carpark), or from Grove Ferry in the North-east. The Stour Valley Walk passes through the reserve, which may be visited at any time.


  1. ^ "Stodmarsh". Ramsar Sites Information Service. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  2. ^ SSSI's in Kent
  3. ^ Kent Ornithological Society
  4. ^ KSCP