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.

In the light of advice from the Government, the Information Cabin is currently closed, but the nature reserve remains open. The Rye Harbour car park and public toilets are also closed.

Rye Harbour Discovery Centre

Please support our Love Rye Harbour Nature Reserve Crowdfunder

Help kit out the Education Zone of the new Discovery Centre at the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

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Find out more about the plans for Rye Harbour Discovery Centre

Explore Rye Harbour

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.



We have produced this short film to show part of the nature reserve on a high tide, with the saltmarsh covered by water and the river full.

 The film is best viewed at full screen - use the little [  ] icon bottom right when it starts -  and the sound track best appreciated with earphones on.

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News from Rye Harbour

    • Wonderful Waders

      Wonderful Waders

      Wading birds come in all sort of size and shape.

    • Rye Harbour Quilt 2020

      Rye Harbour Quilt 2020

      A huge thank-you to everyone that supported the Rye Harbour Quilt project. It has raised nearly £5,000 for the Discovery Centre.

    • Avocets return

      Avocets return

      In the last few weeks some familiar friends have returned to Rye Harbour in good numbers for the nesting season.​

    • Help kit out our new education zone

      Help kit out our new education zone

      Sussex Wildlife Trust has launched a new crowdfunding campaign, to help us kit out the environmental educational facility within the Rye Harbour Discovery Centre.

      This facility will allow the learning and engagement team to host school excursions and adult education, and this means visitors of all ages can learn more about the rare and special wildlife at the reserve.

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