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. The Rye Harbour car park and public toilets are also closed.

More information on Sussex Wildlife Trust’s response to the Corona virus can be found here

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

    • Creative nature writing in a time of crisis

      Creative nature writing in a time of crisis

      Rye Harbour Nature Reserve has a creative writing and poetry group that’s connecting remotely because of the Coronavirus situation. Sussex Wildlife Trust member Jim Northover shares his poem about wood anemones

    • Wonderful Waders

      Wonderful Waders

      Wading birds come in all sorts 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.

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