This was our first visit to this reserve since it is a little off patch for us but it made a welcomed change. In fact the Visitor Centre has a variety of scenes featuring stuffed birds and is well worth a walk through.
The habitat here is predominantly lakes around the river Darenth with woodland and this is reflected in the birds present. The water held Coot, Greylag Geese, Tufted Duck, Pochard, Gadwall, Teal, Shoveler, Moorhen, Grey Heron, Little & Great Crested Grebe together with Canada Geese and a variety of the common Gulls.
The Woods held all the birds you would find in your garden but there was a flock of twelve Siskins in Alder trees. As we completed our tour we found two Egyptian Geese on an island in the main lake. Despite thirty years of birding this was my first sighting within the County. Same for Dan, but a much shorter time frame.
The cup of Bovril at the refreshment kiosk rounded off a good day out.