Restharrow Scrape ©K Motion

Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory

Restharrow Scrape ©S Reynaert

Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory

Fieldfare © S Ray

Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory

The Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory Trust (SBBOT) is an independent conservation charity that works to maintain the local environment including their own reserves and to record and monitor the changes in the birdlife, butterflies, dragonflies, moths, mammals and all other wildlife (fauna and flora) in the area.

They are also very committed to environmental education, especially helping young people experience and appreciate nature, and run all sorts of clubs, classes, courses, walks and talks throughout the year for all ages and may other activities

Sunday walks start at the Observatory at 9 am - you don't need to book a place just turn up!

Wear boots/wellies and bring your binoculars, notebook and pencil. You can borrow binoculars if you don't have your own. These walks are FREE, but donations are welcome. Please be aware that there is a £1 charge at the Toll Gate for non-members. As walks enter the nature reserves, dogs will not be able to attend guided walks (except guide dogs).


There is a modern field centre with a wildlife library, shop and an area where visitors can make a cuppa and get to know about local wildlife.

They also offer basic, inexpensive and comfortable accommodation (members enjoy discounts).

Information about SBBOT and their activities can be found on their new website.


Guilford Road Sandwich Bay Sandwich Kent CT13 9PF





01304 617341

What you need to know

  • Family friendly
  • On-site parking (charges may apply)
  • Visitor toilet/s
  • On-site catering and refreshments
  • Accepts groups and coach parties