This patch of pristine wetland near the south east coast covers a whopping 100 square miles and is packed with wildlife – including the curious ‘laughing frogs’.
Come here in May or June and you’ll probably hear them, cackling away to females who are looking for a good time. They’re big, too – growing to the size of an adult’s hand – and have even been known to eat small birds. However, the most surprising thing is that they’re all descendents of a single batch of 12 Hungarian marsh frogs, which the former MP for Ashford’s wife bought for him back in 1932.
They made it to the marsh after escaping from the garden, and haven’t looked back since.Of course it’s not all just frogs. There are other curious creatures like smews and wigeons (actually types of duck), and cute creatures like water voles ferreting about on the banks.
There are tons of walking trails and cycle paths threading through the area, so why not bring a picnic with you and make a day of it?