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

    • Long time no see...

      Long time no see...

      Beetle not seen in UK for 114 years found at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve.

    • Carved in stone

      Carved in stone

      The turf-covered shingle ridges of Castle Farm and Castle Water, near Rye, are too inhospitable for oak trees but…

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      How do you view the countryside?

      Is it the beauty of the countryside that appeals to you, or the patterns, or the plants, or animals, or the tranquility?

    • August weather was warm and sunny

      August weather was warm and sunny

      Sunshine 270.9 hours (218.1) Mean maximum temp. 21.8 C (20.2) Mean minimum temp. 14.6 C (13.5) Rainfall 33.7 mm. (60.1) Gale or stronger 0 days (0.2)

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