Countryside of Romney Marsh
Countryside of Romney Marsh
Romney Marsh embraces vast shingle beaches and flat marshland. This strange and sometimes forbidding area has a character all of its own and contains an astonishing wealth of wildlife and landscape features. Probably, the greatest treasure to be found in the area is undoubtedly Dungeness, where the landscape, plants, invertebrates and birds are all of international importance. Associated shingle beaches and sand dunes elsewhere along the coast complement this interest.
The extensive marshlands away from the coast is now a mixture of arable and grazing land but still important for wetland plants and animals. Human land use has been almost as important as natural processes in fashioning the present landscape, through the drainage of the marshes, military activity, gravel digging, and the construction of housing, roads and power stations.
Romney Marsh is home to many wildlife species, including the Marsh Frog, the rare Marsh Mallow Moth, Water Voles, Medicinal Leech and the Great Crested Newt.
Find out more on our Nature pages.
The Romney Marsh Countryside Project (RMCP) was set up in June 1996. The project aims to care for the special landscape and wildlife of the Romney Marsh and Dungeness. The aim of the project is to encourage people to enjoy and understand the countryside through guided walks, cycle rides, countryside events and children's activities.
Succesful projects include:
Newchurch Panel - A wildlife panel has been produced and installed at an area in front of the church in winter 2002. This is to complement work the RMCP has carried out in conjunction with Newchurch Parish Council and the local community during 2001. Sponsorship came from Community Action in South Kent (CASK) partnership.
Lydd House - The RMCP have carried out several planting schemes within the grounds of Lydd House through 2001 and 2002. A hawthorn hedge was planted around the boundary of the garden, several raised beds created and several trees have been planted, including a walnut tree. Sponsorship came from Community Action in South Kent (CASK) partnership and BNFL Magnox Generation for the trees.
Lydd Housing - A total of seven trees were planted in Lydd, in conjunction with the local residents. The trees which included aspen, oak and silver birch were sponsored by BNFL Magnox Generation.
Lindsey Field, Lydd Football Ground - The football ground has benefited from several planting schemes in the winters of 2001 and 2002 by the RMCP. A 75m hawthorn and blackthorn hedge has been planted, as well as a group of 20 aspen and alder trees in 2001. At the entrance to the grounds another eight trees have been planted in 2002. Sponsorship came from Community Action in South Kent (CASK) partnership and BNFL Magnox Generation for the trees.
Brookland School - The RMCP carried out a pond construction and wildlife area in the grounds with the help of the school wildlife group in winter 2001. We await the first amphibians to this delightful pond. Sponsorship came from CASK partnership.
Toad Fencing, New Romney - The RMCP carried out a task to construct toad fencing on the Ashford Road, New Romney again in February 2002. We hope the toads appreciate it. Sponsorship came from CASK partnership and British Energy for the materials.
Most of the conservation work carried out by the Romney Marsh Countryside Project involves volunteers. The project organises about 25 tasks a year and these cover activities ranging from hedge planting near Lydd, scrub clearance near Camber, leech surveying at Appledore to pond digging. All volunteer days are led by an experienced leader who will introduce you to the group and inform you about the place you are working and the work you will be doing. The volunteers are a friendly bunch and new volunteers are always welcome.
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This 11 hectare area of land has been developed into a country park with both land-scaped and open-space areas. It is a designated local nature reserve.
The Romney Marsh Visitor Centre is located within the park
Romney Warren Country Park
Romney Marsh Visitor Centre
Opened in 2004, the Romney Marsh Visitor Centre – managed by Kent Wildlife Trust on behalf of Shepway District Council – aims to let people know about the Marsh’s special wildlife and history, serving as an educational facility while supporting tourism locally.
The centre is also a focus for other activities at the Romney Warren Country Park including:-
- Habitat management of the Local Nature Reserve/SSSI by volunteers
- Countryside activities including children’s Green Gang events and “Green Learning” days led by Kent Wildlife Trust and Romney Marsh Countryside Project
- Training for disabled and unemployed people attached to South Kent College and Kent County Council’s Environmental Task Force Team
Find out more on our Romney Marsh Visitor Centre page
Country Park and Visitor Centre