Archive of: Birds Wildlife

  • Two turtle doves

    Two turtle doves

    Turtle doves have long been a symbol of love and fidelity and have inspired poets, artists and musicians alike, so presenting your one true love with a bonded pair of turtle doves would be the ultimate romantic gesture – except that these birds are now heart-wrenchingly rare.

  • A partridge in a pear tree

    A partridge in a pear tree

    Concerted conservation efforts on farmland across the county could see the grey partridge thrive here once again – but we’re still unlikely to see one perching in a pear tree.

  • Golden plover

    Golden plover

    ‘Goldies’ descend from their upland breeding grounds to form large winter flocks in sheltered spots along the coast

  • Cetti's Warbler

    Cetti's Warbler

    Cetti’s Warbler can be a frustratingly difficult bird to see - always on the move and often close to the ground. The thinning vegetation makes now a great time to try and spot one at Woods Mill.

  • The Rise of the Herons

    The Rise of the Herons

    In the early days of the nature reserve the only species of heron you were likely to see at Rye Harbour was the familiar grey heron, but now…

  • Magpie


    All corvids are renowned for their cleverness but the magpie has one of the best brains in the bird world

  • Winter Wetland Birds

    Winter Wetland Birds

    The first of the really cold weather will soon hit Europe and many waterbirds will find our warm Sussex coastal wetlands to their liking.

  • Thistle-tweaker


    The goldfinch is a beautiful little bird, almost verging on the exotic with its scarlet facemask, vibrant yellow wing feathers and chunky, parrot-like beak.

  • Where have all the garden birds gone?

    Where have all the garden birds gone?

    You may have noticed that the birds have been a bit quiet lately. After the cacophony of spring birdsong and the non-stop parenting of a busy breeding season, the garden can seem a little empty in late summer. There’s a distinct lack of singing, the feeders are no longer crowded and the branches are bare - where have all the birds gone?