We recently visited Bough Beech reservoir after seeing it mentioned in the Kent Wildlife’s Trust handbook. The handbook mentioned a visitor centre but on driving around the area for a while we couldn’t find one so eventually parked at the side of the road looking onto the reservoir.
The views across the reservoir were amazing and we immediately spotted a group of cormorants sitting on one of the islands, luckily we had the binoculars with us so were able to get a good look. On coming across a group of bird watchers we asked for the directions to the visitor centre, only to be told it has closed more than 5 years earlier, clearly the guide book is a little out of date.
We though we would walk down towards the site of the visitor centre to see if we could locate the mentioned nature walk. Although the walk didn’t go around the reservoir we did have a pleasant half an hour walk around the countryside before stopping at the closed visitor centre to take advantage of the picnic benches to eat our lunch. On heading back to the car we were lucky to see a heron flying over the reservoir. It wasn’t quite the day out we were expecting but good for a short walk and for those that enjoy birdwatching.