Our Wildlife Reserves

We own and rent several areas around the Sandwich Bay estate which our voluntary conservation team manage under the direction of the conservation committee for the benefit of the flora and fauna of the area.

The jewel in the crown is Restharrow Scrape which was developed in 2002 and is now an ideal place to watch Lapwings and Little Grebes raise their broods, Hares box in the adjacent grassland and many smaller birds such as Linnets and Yellow Wagtails come to drink and bathe.

On the opposite side of the road is Restharrow Dunes Nature Reserve. The area has considerable entomological, botanical, geological and ornithological interest. One of the main reasons for attracting grant-aid was the occurrence of a tiny moth, a leaf miner on the rare Dwarf Willow, Stigmella zelleriella, found nowhere else in Great Britain. It is primarily a botanical reserve of grazed dune grassland with the three gullies, the Elm plantation and a triangle of land planted to support migrant birds.

The Elms

The Elms

Recent projects include a dragonfly pond with hedgerow for birds around it and a developing wildflower meadow by the Whitehouse.

All of these areas are accessible to the public.  A map can be obtained from the Field Centre or by clicking on the following links: SBBOT Reserves or SBBOT recording area or join us any Sunday morning at 9.00 for a guided walk around the area.

When visiting our reserves we request that you respect the wildlife and put it first.  Please stick to our following policies: 2016 Disturbance policy and statement and Invertebrate collecting policy