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.

We were voted Britain’s favourite nature reserve in 2016 in the third annual LandLove Magazine Awards - see more here. 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 (click here for details).

Enjoy our amazing wildlife along many miles of path with five birdwatching hides accessible to wheelchairs and mobility scooters.

Try visiting us using public transport (click here for details) and perhaps bring a bike to explore the whole reserve.

Please use the local food outlets (click here for details) to support our local businesses.

Plan a stay in the area and discover other wildlife sites (click here for details)

Find out more about our plans for the Rye Harbour Discovery Centre.


Introductory Leaflet - download with map by clicking here.

Events and Guided Walks - download our What's On 2018 leaflet by clicking here.

Coastal Flowers at Rye Harbour - download by clicking here.

Common Summer Birds at Rye Harbour Leaflet - download by clicking here.

Common Winter Birds at Rye Harbour Leaflet - download by clicking here.

For more downloads see out section Publications and Reports.


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