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Northward Hill RSPB

Northward Hill is an excellent woodland for birds. As well as nightingales and turtle doves, the wood has the largest heronry in the UK, with over 150 pairs of grey herons nesting in the treetops and almost 50 pairs of little egrets, a recent colonist. On the grazing marshes below the woods, wading birds such as lapwings and redshanks breed. In the winter, wading birds and wildfowl including wigeons and teals can be seen, along with birds of prey like buzzards, hen harriers and merlins.

Access: Public paths open at all times. Use of trails and footpaths in public area is free. Arrangements for special visits must be made in writing at least one month in advance.

Wildlife highlights: Nesting grey herons and little egrets, lapwings, redshanks, hen harriers, merlin.

Location: Northward Hill is just north of Gillingham. Leave the M2 at junction 1 and join the A228, signposted Grain. Turn left off A228 for High Halstow. In the village both car parks are signed at the T junction. The 'Woodland' car park is in the village, the 'Main' car park is located at Bromhey Farm, signposted as a left turn on the road from High Halstow to Cooling.

Grid reference: TQ781763

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