Oystercatchers ©Terry Whittaker/2020VISION

Oystercatchers ©Terry Whittaker/2020VISION

Hythe Spartina Marsh Nature Reserve

A coastal reserve with spectacular views


0.5 mile from Hythe
SO45 6DF (to Shore Road)

OS Map Reference

SU 433 072
A static map of Hythe Spartina Marsh Nature Reserve

Know before you go

10 hectares

Entry fee

Donations welcome

Parking information

The car park is on Shore Road south west of Hythe town centre

Grazing animals


Walking trails

The reserve is wet, under tidal influences and divided by creeks


Via shore road, beware the area is tidal with soft underfoot conditions. Please check tide tables before visiting. The reserve is wet, under tidal influences and divided by creeks. Contact the Trust for disabled access information


Under effective control

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

October to March

About the reserve

This coastal nature reserve, with saltmarsh, mudflats and creeks is home to a myriad of birdlife.  It is internationally recognised for its importance for birds, and offers some spectacular views. During the summer, sea aster and sea lavender are in flower, and during the winter you can see a great variety of wading birds, including oyster catchers and redshanks. This is a must-visit nature reserve for anyone with an interest in birding.

Contact us

Martin Boxall

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

Location map