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.

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 5 birdwatching hides accessible to wheelchairs.


INTRODUCTORY LEAFLET - download with map by clicking here.

EVENTS AND GUIDED WALKS - download our What's On 2016 leaflet by clicking here.

COMMON SUMMER BIRDS LEAFLET - download by clicking here.


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News from Rye Harbour

    • July 2016: Rye Harbour Nature Reserve Sightings

      July 2016: Rye Harbour Nature Reserve Sightings

      One of the characteristic plants of Rye Harbour at this time of the year is red hemp-nettle. This inconspicuous little relative of the mints and dead-nettles, with its red flowers and nettle-like leaves, grows on sparsely vegetated habitats on the Beach Reserve and Harbour Farm, often where the ground has been disturbed.

    • July weather was dry and sunny

      July weather was dry and sunny

      Sunshine 266.3 hours (230.1) Mean maximum temp. 20.2 C (20.0) Mean minimum temp. 14.4 C (13.2) Rainfall 13.9 mm. (53.7) Gale or stronger 0 days (0.1)

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