Swan In Mist By Fran French

London Wildlife & Nature visit Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve

Event info

Photo Swan in mist (c) Fran French

The Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve and Jeffrey Harrison Visitor Centre:  a pioneering nature reserve which has a roughly equal proportion of water and land. It includes five lakes and a mixed habitat of ponds, seasonal flooded pools, reedbed and woodlands.

The Nature Reserve is open daily dawn-dusk but the Visitors Centre is open Wed-Sun 11am to 4pm.

We will meet at the Jeffery Harrison Visitor Centre café at 11:00am on Thursday November 25th. There will be a second meeting at 1:30pm at the visitor centre .

The Event is free but there Parking costs £2.50 per day (weekdays) £3.50 (weekends) - no cash/card only!  Car sharing encouraged:  it we can help with transport, please e-mail Martin Londonmemberships@rps.org

Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve lies immediately to the north of Sevenoaks. The reserve was the first example of a gravel pit site being developed for the purpose of nature conservation. This restored former quarry is owned by Tarmac and leased to Kent Wildlife Trust under a long term agreement for the benefit of wildlife and enjoyment of all. It is a spectacular site for birds, as well as dragonflies and damselflies there is also a diverse community of plants, fungi and other wildlife, including creatures of the night such as bats and glow-worms. So far well over two thousand species have been identified and more are regularly being added to the list. This pioneering nature reserve covers 73 hectares and comprises five lakes surrounded by woodland, there are a few ponds, seasonally flooded pools as well as grassland and small areas of reedbed, the clear water of river Darent flows through the northern part of the reserve and supports a reasonable population of invertebrates and fish.

The deeper lakes attract all the common wildfowl which are especially abundant in the winter. Surface feeding duck such as teal and shovelers tend to frequent the shallower areas. Waders such as green and common sandpiper, greenshank, lapwing and little-ringed plover can be seen around the muddy edges of the shallow water. The last two species nest on the reserve. Grey herons are resident and other birds like kingfisher, grey wagtail can often be located. Birds such as reed bunting and reed warbler can easily be seen in the reedbed in the summertime.

The trees and scrub support of breeding perching birds, including the common garden birds, warblers such as chiffchaffs and blackcaps, woodpeckers (all 3 species including the lesser-spotted are found here), treecreepers and bullfinch. In the winter the alder trees attract flocks of siskins and redpolls.

Any questions, contact Martin by e-mail to Londonmemberships@rps.org

Registration is essential so that we know to expect you and so that we can keep you updated should we have to make any changes or updates.


Event Organiser

Martin Gandy


Cancellation policy

This event is free but numbers are limited.  If you do register and then find you are unable to come, please let us know so that another can take your place.




Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve

Bradbourne Vale Road


TN13 3DH