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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Find out about our QUILT and RAFFLE by clicking here.


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

    • Welcoming our first wheelchair user to the Discovery Centre

      Welcoming our first wheelchair user to the Discovery Centre

      ‘I am so pleased to see that this new Discovery Centre not only enjoys picture window views over the ever-changing scenery of Rye Harbour, but its planners have been kind enough to make it fully accessible. For wheelchair users like me, and for families with prams, this makes a huge difference. Thank you!’

    • Ivy League

      Ivy League

      At this time of the year when relatively few plants are still in flower, Ivy is an excellent late season nectar source for many insects.

    • Great news for the Discover Rye Harbour project

      Great news for the Discover Rye Harbour project

      ​Sussex Wildlife Trust has received a grant of over half a million pounds from The National Lottery Heritage Fund for its Discover Rye Harbour project which will transform the way visitors engage with the natural and cultural heritage of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve.

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