Places to see birds

Conyer Quay (ME9 9HR)

Conyer Quay (ME9 9HR)
Richard Hanman

A circular walk from the Ship Inn pub begins with a stroll through the site of the old brickworks, now reclaimed by Buddleja bushes which attract huge numbers of butterflies in the summer. As you break cover from the trees, the Swale comes into view with great vistas over the marshes, estuary and Sheppey. Here waders, herons and ducks vie for your attention with patrolling Marsh Harriers and Common Buzzards. Rock Pipit is also a regular by the boat wrecks, deliberately beached here to strengthen the sea defences. As you turn right at the gate, terns fish in summer and Green Woodpeckers call from the nearby scrub. Reed Buntings call from the reeds. The return journey takes you through the woods where long-eared owls have been known to roost, and past the orchards which provide welcome food for over-wintering thrushes.