Seal watching in Sandwich Town

Sandwich is a Historic medieval town on the River Stour, it gave its name to the food of the same name thanks to the 4th Earl of Sandwich John Montagu. The River Stour empties out into Pegwell Bay through a series of mud flats that are home to many species of wildfowl and Seals.

If you like boats and wildlife the Sandwich River Boat tour is a great way to spend a couple of hours just gently chugging past the Marina, out through the remains of past wooden structures and into the estuary. There is a commentary from the Skipper as he points out sites of historic interest and various birds, this is a man who knows the River really well and has spent his life around boats. The boat leaves from the Sandwich pier opposite the Bell Hotel and is usually a wooden hulled ex fishing boat. It has wooden seats and a canopy for the weather, it is advisable to dress warmly as the weather in the estuary is different to the centre of town.

The Seals and their pups are a real pleasure to see as they watch you, the Skipper is careful not to disturb them as they have pups and can be stressed if you get too close. Looking at Wildlife from a River perspective is a good way to see how the River usage has changed over the years and how this affects the species that live in this environment.

Book a place early as places aboard are limited which is welcome news in this day and age, bring binoculars if you have them and just enjoy the scenery.