Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, Rye

4.6
#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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  • This is a wonderful reserve. Huge flocks of waders such as lapwings and golden plovers , and wildfowl such as wigeon and teal to be seen in winter. In summer the islands in the pools are home to nesting gulls and terns. The unique flora of the shingle ridges attract many species of butterflies and various dragonflies and damselflies breed in the ditches and pools. There are several hides dotted about the reserve and public toilets are situated in Rye Harbour village near the car park and at Winchelsea Beach (which is at the other end of the reserve). The main path/road is used by lorries transporting gravel for sea defence so dogs and children do need to be watched and kept under control. Many of the other paths can get very muddy in winter after rain.
  • Excellent place for a country walk Good interpretive centre. Children will love it too. Try the "Walk with the Warden" guided tour.
  • Brilliant for the bird watcher and photographer. Limited accessibility to some hides hence 4 stars.
  • Plenty to see - especially wonderful migratory birds! Well managed reserve with accessible hides, decent paths and a wealth of historical features.
  • Lovely place for a long walk and spotting the wild birds
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