Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, Rye

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#2 of 21 in Wildlife in East Sussex
Explore the large number of unusual plants and animals that have earned Rye Harbour Nature Reserve the status of Site of Special Scientific Interest. Learn about the park's biological and geological characteristics, like the shingle, saltmarsh, and intertidal mud habitats. Follow numerous paths and spot rare wildlife and growth. Birdwatchers will love identifying egrets, sandpipers, juvenile goldfinch, and many more species. Feel free to take your dog, as long as the pup is leashed and cleaned up after. Consider avoiding the reserve on windy days as there is little protection from the elements. Plan to visit Rye Harbour Nature Reserve during your Rye vacation using our convenient Rye trip itinerary maker site .
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  • Rye Harbour is a great place to walk - to the beach or inland. All flat, wheelchair accessible as far as the pebble beach. Sandy beach when the tide goes out. Nature reserve and perfect for bird watch...  more »
  • Boats, birds and sea views this is a lovely place for a bracing walk at this time of year. An added bonus is a good car park and several places at the harbour to get a nice cup of coffee after.  more »
  • Perched on the edge of Romney Marsh this is a perfect seabird habitat with mudflats that ensure plenty of wildlife on view. Well worth spending a couple of hours in.  more »
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  • Nice informative visitors centre. Fantastic reserve. The pools and lagoons in the vast expanse of shingle attract large flocks of wild fowl and waders in winter while gulls and terns including sandwich terns and little terns breed there in summer. Hides allow good views and there are plenty of seats around the reserve giving places to stop and rest. The shingle beach and saltmarsh support a wild variety of plant species.
  • Lovely peaceful rambling walk. Birds love this area. Nice pub and cafe plus free parking.
  • Walked from winchelsea beach to rye via the nature reserve. great walk with fab sea views. Got to rye harbour and stopped in the cafĂ© for lunch. Overpriced food, but it was decent. Saw old lifeboat house, 2 WWII pill boxes to defend the harbour, sea views, beach, harbour. Peaceful for miles until you get to where people park and walk down, then it's suddenly busy.
  • Great place for a walk/bike ride and a bit of sea air! And free parking
  • A beautiful nature reserve. Friendly staff in visitors centre.

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