nature and wildlife
Kent's great outdoors inspires great escapes
Haunting marshes, undulating downs. Rare orchids, bird-packed reserves. Old English trees in ancient woods, African animals in savannah-style parks. Kent's natural assets tempt you to explore.
At Kent's Wildlife Parks and Zoos you can go on safari without going south of the equator. The Howletts Wild Animal Park and Port Lympne Reserve teem with lions and giraffes, rhinos and gorillas. Set in 40 acres of ancient woodland, Wildwood Trust, near Canterbury is a British wildlife park and conservation charity with a stunning collection of over 200 British animals. While at the Rare Breeds Centre, 100 acres of unspoilt countryside is home to unusual farm animals, ranging from cows to owls, via pigs and lambs.
And then there are Kent's special landscapes. From the iconic White Cliffs to the downs, Kent's unspoilt countryside is studded with nature reserves, parks and country parks. Kent has two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty; the Kent Downs and the High Weald AONBs. In Kent, the range of flora and fauna is remarkable - from downland orchids to woodland deer; especially around Challock and Knowle Park. The county's bird life is extraordinary - enthusiasts flock to RSPB reserves at Dungeness, Cliffe Pools and Elmley Marshes.
The Kent Wildlife Trust cares for more than 60 reserves; the Visitor Centre at their 17th century Tyland Barn HQ is the ideal place to start a world of wildlife discoveries. While the Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest, is home to the world's finest conifer collection; hiking, cycling and horse-riding tracks and fun, family-friendly, educational trails - as well as Go Ape.
We've put together a series of imaginative itineraries, so you can create your very own unforgettable experience; see Natural Coast Country breaks.
Kent strives to be accessible to everybody and offers a wide range of facilities to welcome visitors with impaired mobility, hearing or eyesight. Visit our Accessible Kent pages.
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