The team of staff and volunteers at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve were delighted to be voted Britain’s favourite nature reserve in 2016. The third annual LandLove Magazine Awards celebrate the very best things about the British countryside and the people who make it so wonderful. There were almost 40,000 votes over 12 categories, from Britain’s favourite cathedral, garden and nature reserve to seaside town, food producer and animal charity. Details of all awards here.
Now in its 48th year the nature reserve has worked in partnership with several organisations and landowners to create a special place that is visited by 300,000 people a year. There is easy access for all visitors to view the abundant wildlife, including five birdwatching hides that are wheelchair accessible. Visitors can experience shingle, saltmarsh, saline lagoons, grazing marsh and reedbed habitats with more than 90 species of nesting bird and an extraordinary list of rare plants and animals.
Special mention and thanks goes to the support from members of the Sussex Wildlife Trust and the Friends of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, because little could have been achieved here without their time and funding.
We like to keep in regular contact with our supporters through, newsletters, e-newsletters and social media and it’s probably this that helped us win the vote.
We are currently looking to improve the visitor experience on site through the development of a new Discovery Centre and this national recognition will help our case for raising the necessary funds.
(In 2nd place was The Welsh Wildlife Centre & Teifi Marsh Nature Reserve and 3rd place was the RSPB Conwy Nature Reserve.)