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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RYE HARBOUR QUILT 2020 RAFFLE

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Find out about our QUILT and RAFFLE by clicking here.

OUR NEW FILM

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.

Click here to view and like the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve Facebook page.

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News from Rye Harbour

    • New family beach cleans at Rye Harbour

      New family beach cleans at Rye Harbour

      It’s good to report some positive news about the environment. Barry Yates and team at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve report that they are finding less litter on the beach, because more visitors have been taking their rubbish home with them, and some are conducting their own ‘two minute beach cleans’.

    • December 2019 - Rye Harbour Wildlife

      December 2019 - Rye Harbour Wildlife

      It was good to see a Smew on the reserve this month, with a ‘redhead’ (i.e. female or immature) present on the Quarry from the 9th until the end of the month.

    • Dip into the world of dabbling ducks

      Dip into the world of dabbling ducks

      Ducks can be split into two broad groups: dabblers and divers. As the name suggests, diving ducks feed mainly by diving underwater, using their strong feet (and sometimes their wings) to swim. Dabbling ducks, however, feed predominantly at the surface, sometimes even grazing on land. Many dabblers can often be seen upending, with their heads underwater and their bums in the air.

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