Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve Walk
0.6 miles (1km) with an option of a further 0.3-mile (0.5km)
One of the special routes in the popular Walks for All series,
the path is full of opportunities for everyone to explore the
wildlife of this fine nature reserve, even taking advantage of a
strategic bird hide as well as secure board walks.
This nature lovers' walk is on generally well-compacted surfaces
with some stones of up to 30mm. The parking area offers accessible
National Nature Reserve, in the Stour Valley, is managed by
grew from the marshland caused by coal mining subsidence, creating
large reedbeds, lakes, ditches, meadows and wet woodland.
The diverse habitats support numerous breeding and migrating
birds. The lagoons and reedbeds are important for wildfowl.
Mallard, gadwall and pochard ducks breed on site most years and in
winter they are joined by teal, water rail and widgeon.
Other birds to be seen on the reserve include reed and sedge
warbler, bittern, great crested grebe and coot. Flocks of martin,
swallow and wagtail stop over in autumn and spring.
Look out for invertebrates, including the nationally rare ram's
horn snail, moths, and rare plants such as the carnivorous greater
bladderwort, greater spearwort and bog bean.
How to get there
Postcode starting point: CT31 1BB
Car: Access from A257 or A28. In Stodmarsh
village, take road to right of the Red Lion Inn and follow to car
park. Download a free map from Streetmap and search for
If you need to report a problem on this route
please call 03000 41 71 71 or use the online
reporting tool. You can then choose to receive regular updates
about the progress of your report.