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

Rhdc web11

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.

Explore Rye Harbour

USEFUL DOWNLOADS

RYE HARBOUR QUILT 2020 RAFFLE

Whole quilt

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.

Sign-up for our Rye Harbour nature reserve newsletter

* indicates required

News from Rye Harbour

    • Gnats All Folks!

      Gnats All Folks!

      This year I have been carrying out a survey of the invertebrates of the saline lagoons at Rye Harbour and am currently in the process of identifying the samples collected during the summer.

    • A Remedy for the Winter Blues

      A Remedy for the Winter Blues

      I spent a very rewarding couple of hours with trust ecologist Graeme Lyons and visiting naturalist Ryan Clarke last weekend looking for invertebrates on the Beach Reserve.

    Read more