On the up!

03 December 2017 | Posted in Rye Harbour , Wildlife
On the up!
Stinking Hawksbeard

We hear so much doom and gloom about declining wildlife that I thought it good to remind us all of how well some species are doing at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve.

Common Seals in the harbour (above) are now a daily sighting.

Great White Egrets are becoming regular with up to 8 seen recently, and most of us take the many Little Egrets for granted.

Avocet breeding numbers have increased to 68 pairs this year. (click here for an Avocet blog)

Marshmallow plants have, with the help of volunteers and local schools increased in number sufficiently to be the home of the very rare Marshmallow Moth.

The once extinct Stinking Hawksbeard now, after many years of nurturing reintroduced plants, numbered more than 3,000 this year, and they are spreading.

The migratory Nathusius Pipistrelle bat occurs in good numbers in spring and autumn at Castle Water.

Ravens (above) are now a daily sight or sound, with their distinctive "cronk-cronk" heard on most calm days.

The new grassland of Rye Harbour Farm has now matured to be full of flowers in many places and provide food and nesting sites for many of the rare Bumblebees and lots of other wildlife.

Water Voles are widespread throughout the reserve’s wetland and are helped by the constant monitoring and then trapping of the introduced American Mink.

The new reedbeds at Castle Water, created in 2003, are now mature enough to be the nesting site of Marsh Harriers, Bearded Tit, Water Rail, Cettis Warblers, Reed Warblers, Reed Bunting and booming Bitterns.

The new saltmarsh that recently won an award (click here for more) now has extensive areas of the rare Sea Heath and a small population of the rare grass Sea Barley.

The three breeding terns, Sandwich, Common and Little, all had a good breeding season and their summer feeding area has just been added to the Special Protection Area (click here for more). You can read about what we do to help the Little Tern here (click here for a Little Tern blog)

It is these rare species that guide much of our work here, but we cannot do it without the support of members of Sussex Wildlife Trust and the Friends of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, so thank-you if you are a member, or consider joining us today…

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If you haven't visited before, why not try one of our many events to introduce you - see our What's On 2018 leaflet by clicking here.