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 Winter Birds Leaflet - download by clicking here.

For more downloads see out section Publications and Reports.


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It is now the time that the Environment Agency is recycling the shingle that has moved eastward by "Longshore Drift". So on weekdays there will be machines loading a convey of trucks at the river mouth and these will take the shingle along the road to put it back on the shore at Pett Level. Please give the trucks plenty of room to pass by getting off the road. Thank-you.

News from Rye Harbour

    • Sea Pea at Rye Harbour

      Sea Pea at Rye Harbour

      Sea pea is a Nationally scarce plant and its stronghold in Sussex is at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

    • September 2016: Rye Harbour Nature Reserve Sightings

      September 2016: Rye Harbour Nature Reserve Sightings

      One regular but uncommon wader which turns up at Rye Harbour at this time of year is the curlew sandpiper, and this year was no exception with small numbers present on the reserve during September.

    • September weather was warm and dry

      September weather was warm and dry

      Sunshine 171.5 hours (168.9) Mean maximum temp. 20.8 C (18.3) Mean minimum temp. 15.3 C (11.8) Rainfall 41.3 mm. (62.4) Gale or stronger 0 days (0.6)

    • Long time no see...

      Long time no see...

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

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