Faversham Creek and Swale Nature Reserve - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Virtual tour panorama showing a view of the Swale Nature Reserve besides Nagden Marshes from the Saxon Shore Way, a walking route linking Faversham with other coastal towns in Kent. This picture was taken whilst on a walk from Faversham to Whistable in July 2011. Here the Saxon Way passes under some electricity pylons, opposite where Oare Creek joins Faversham Creek.
Faversham Creek and Swale Nature Reserve - FURTHER INFORMATION
Faversham Creek and Swale Nature Reserve - Faversham visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Faversham Creek and Swale Nature Reserve' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Kent.
The Swale is a narrow strip of sea that separates the Isle of Sheppey in Kent from the mainland at the mouth of the River Medway. the waters here are highly tidal, becoming almost completely dry mudflats at low tide. The Swale used to be a valley, but it flooded after the last ice-age as sea levels rose and then gradually silted up. In Roman times it was much wider.
The mudflats and marshes around The Swale are an important National Nature Reserve and a Special Protection Area. The marshes contain eel grass, Ray's knotgrass, white seakale, glassworts and golden samphire which support rare butterflies and moths. The mudflats and marshes also provide habitat for numerous rare birds, including about 17% of the UK's breeding Avocet population and 15% of the Marsh Harrier population.