Places to see birds

Haysden Country Park

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Haysden Country Park

Close to Tonbridge, on the flood plain around the river Medway, the park includes two lakes (Barden and Haysden) and is a Local Nature Reserve . Its 65 hectares support a rich variety of wildlife, easily accessible though surfaced paths and nature trails. The park includes a Site of Nature Conservation Interest and is owned by Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council.

The lakes are home to geese and swans year round as well as a variety of water fowl including various ducks, great crested grebe and little grebe. In summer the lakes and river attract swallows, while kingfisher hunt along the Medway. The river is also home to dragon and damselflies as well as yellow water lily and yellow flag iris.

The woodland areas are home to butterflies and wild garlic. In spring and summer warblers such as whitethroat and blackcap are common and nightingales can be heard. In the more open areas partridge and pheasant feed, kestrels hunt for mice and voles, and various bats appear as evening falls.

There are parking & toilet facilities at the park.
To get there by car, follow the country park signs to the west of the main A26 through Tonbridge south of the town centre. The park is off Lower Haysden Lane.
On foot the park is about 1.5 miles along the Weald Way public footpath that heads west from Tonbridge Castle.

Grid reference: TQ57234609.