Elmley through the Seasons

At over 3000 acres, Elmley National Nature Reserve on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent, is southern England’s largest area of freshwater grazing marsh. A haven for wildlife with huge ever-changing skies, Elmley is a very special place indeed and a site I have had a close association with for more than 25 years.

In that time I have sat in tiny wooden hides surrounded by grazing wigeon, egrets, and avocet, watched hares box, admired skeins of brent geese as they drift across a frozen marsh, at dawn, and been mesmerised by a plummeting peregrine onto an unsuspecting teal.

I have put this slideshow together in the hope of transporting you to the marshes and to give you the very real feeling of actually being there which is something, I feel, impossible to do with single stand-alone images. Aside from the photographs dissolving from one to another I have included the sounds of its wildlife, appropriate to the season, and used Ralph Vaughan Williams’ composition ”In the fen country” as, I feel, this quintessentially English composition depicts the mood perfectly.

I do hope you enjoy this and that it stirs your soul as it does mine with every visit to the Isle of Elms.