RSPB Nor Marsh and Motney Hill
Riverside Country Park, Motney Hill, Upchurch, Kent, ME8 7UA, England, UK.
T: 01634 222480  E:    W: RSPB Nor Marsh and Motney Hill website 

Avocet

Recurvirostra avosetta

Family: Recurvirostridae (Stilts and avocets)

Habitat: Coastal and estuaries.

Voice: Kloot or kleet.

Season: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Avocets have a unique feeding habit of scything their bills from side to side when they forage in shallow brackish water or on mud flats. They became extinct in Britain in 1840 until recolonisation at Minsmere, Suffolk in 1947. The Pied Avocet is the emblem of the RSPB.

Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) © Andreas Trepte photo-natur.de/

Redshank

Tringa totanus

Family: Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and allies)

Habitat: Saltmarshes, flood meadows, near lakes, estuaries and coastal lagoons.

Food: Insects, earthworms, molluscs and crustaceans.

Voice: Too-too-too and chu-chu-chu.

Season: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Typically wades in large flocks.

Redshank (Tringa totanus) © pjt56 cc

Curlew

Numenius arquata

Family: Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and allies)

Habitat: Coastal areas and estuaries.

Voice: Loud curloo-oo.

Season: All year round.

The curlew is the largest European wading bird and currently has an IUCN status of Near Threatened.

Curlew (Numenius arquata) © MTM MVP VizitIt.com arr

Great Crested Grebe

Podiceps cristatus

Family: Podicipedidae (Grebes)

Habitat: Lakes and reservoirs and ponds.

Size: Length 46-51 cm (18-20 in). Wingspan 59-73 cm (23-29 in).

Voice: Vrek-vrek-vrek. At night koorrr.

Season: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

It has an elaborate mating display that climaxes with a penguin dance. It was hunted almost to extinction in the 19th century. The RSPB was set up to help protect this species.

Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus) © JJ Harrison cc

Greenshank

Tringa nebularia

Family: Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and allies)

Habitat: Saltmarshes, flood meadows, near lakes, estuaries and coastal lagoons. Also boggy moorland and peatland pools.

Voice: Repetitive high-pitched tu-tu-tu.

Season: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Its greenish legs and slightly upturned bill help distinguish it from similar waders.

Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia) © JJ Harrison cc

Red-breasted Merganser

Mergus serrator

Family: Anatidae (Swans, ducks and geese)

Habitat: Coastal, lakes and reservoirs, ponds and rivers and streams.

Size: Length 51-62 cm (20-24 in). Wingspan 70-86 cm (28-34 in).

Food: Fish.

Voice: Rrak-rrak-rrak.

Season: Early July to late March.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A gregarious diving duck that forms flocks of several hundred.

Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) © Peter Massas cc
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About

Nor Marsh and Motney Hill are nature reserves cared for and maintained by the RSPB. Nor Marsh is a saltmarsh island and Motney Hill is a narrow peninsula surrounded by mudflats that juts into the Medway estuary from the southern shore.

The RSPB, founded in 1889 by Emily Williamson and Eliza Phillips, is the the largest wildlife conservation charity in the UK, or indeed Europe, with over a million members. The RSPB maintains 200 nature reserves and promotes conservation and protection of birds and their habitats.

As a registered charity donations are gratefully received to fund important work. You may donate when you visit some of their reserves or by clicking the Charity Link below.

Access to RSPB Nor Marsh and Motney Hill is free.


RSPB Nor Marsh and Motney Hill is a designated area - Local Nature Reserve.


Charity link
http://www.rspb.org.uk/supporting/donations/

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Queendown Warren is a nature reserve cared for and maintained by Kent Wildlife Trust.

Many species can be observed over the course of the year.

Queendown Warren © Harald Süpfle cc

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Many species can be observed over the course of the year.

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Many species can be observed over the course of the year.

Nashenden Down © gailhampshire cc

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RSPB Northward Hill © JJ Harrison cc

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The Larches is a nature reserve cared for and maintained by Kent Wildlife Trust.

Many species can be observed over the course of the year.

The Larches © Danielle Schwarz cc

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