Trip reports

Sheppey: the wildest place in Kent?

Dark-bellied brent goose on water at Hayling Island

Thursday, 25 November 2021

We were lucky to have a sunny day for our visit to this remote, wide open landscape on the north east of the Isle of Sheppey, overlooking the Thames estuary. Along the shore was a great variety of waders. Inland, the ground is mostly flat, much of it marshy grassland with some cultivation and sheep in places, punctuated by a few low hills, ideal hunting ground for marsh harrier.
Our list: mute swan, Brent goose, mallard, pheasant, cormorant, grey heron, little egret, buzzard, marsh harrier, kestrel, oystercatcher ++, ringed plover, grey plover, turnstone, sanderling, dunlin, knot, redshank, curlew, snipe, common gull, black-headed gull, great black-backed gull, woodpigeon, pied wagtail, blackbird, stonechat, starling, carrion crow, magpie, chaffinch, linnet, reed bunting, corn bunting. 33 in all.