Rye Harbour

Discover our wildlife in a mosaic of coastal habitats - shingle, saltmarsh, saline lagoons, coastal grazing marsh, freshwater gravel pits and reedbeds. Explore its changing coastline and military history, or simply enjoy a walk beside the sea.


Rye Harbour Discovery Centre

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Find out more about the plans for Rye Harbour Discovery Centre


You can enjoy our amazing wildlife all day and every day along many miles of path with five birdwatching hides accessible to wheelchairs and mobility scooters.

We were voted Britain’s favourite nature reserve in 2016 in the third annual LandLove Magazine Awards. One of the most important conservation sites in Britain, Rye Harbour Nature Reserve has been recognised as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Protection Area for birds under the EU Birds Directive, a Special Area of Conservation under the EU Habitats Directive and a Ramsar site that takes account of its importance as a wetland on an international scale.

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A WINTER FILM

Our two minute film is being shown at Rye's excellent cinema, the Kino just before some of the feature films. It's showing the nature reserve to a new audience and we are getting good feedback from it. Thanks to Matt Breckon, of Kino Digital and Neal Whittle, of Kino Rye. Here's the film in a smaller format, but best viewed as full screen - use the little [ ] icon bottom right when it starts.

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News from Rye Harbour

    • Gold-fringed Mason Bee

      Gold-fringed Mason Bee

      ​Out on the Beach Reserve last week with my knapsack I noticed several bees busily moving from flower to flower of ivy-leaved toadflax near Ternery Pool. On closer examination I realised they were all gold-fringed mason bee (Osmia aurulenta).

    • April 2019 - Rye Harbour Nature Reserve Sightings

      April 2019 - Rye Harbour Nature Reserve Sightings

      ​This is the month of amazing changes in the natural world with birds arriving / leaving / migrating and many insects and flowers appearing. We enjoyed some exceptionally warm weather, a few April showers and lots of lovely wildlife.

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