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South Swale Reserve

South Swale Nature Reserve and SSSI are located on the south bank of The Swale, north of Graveney and alongside Faversham Creek.

Hogs Fennel

Reed Warbler Bird

The South Swale Nature Reserve overs 850 acres and is home to thousands of wildfowl and waders, including skylarks, reed warblers, breeding redshanks and sometimes bearded tits and marsh harriers.

On the landward side of the sea wall you can find many more wild flowers, including the tall, white, umbrella-like wild carrot and the short, pink, spiny restharrow.

How to find South Swale Nature Reserve

By car, leave Faversham via East Street or Love Lane and take the turning sign posted Graveney to the east.
Turn left after about a mile, again signposted Graveney. Continue on through Goodnesstone and Graveney for about another 2 miles until you reach the sea.


Cars can be parked beside the road at the Sportsman Inn pub about 100 yards from the reserve entrance. Please do not use the pub car park.

The Saxon Shore Way public footpath follows the top of the sea wall for the whole length of the reserve, about 3 miles in total.

Map of South Swale Nature Reserve

South Swale Nature Reserve Map
Image produced from the Ordnance Survey Get-a-map service.
Image reproduced with kind permission of
Ordnance Survey
Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland.