Rye Spy 50

Fifty years ago the very first warden at Rye Harbour nature reserve started work on 15th March 1970 - Dave Flumm reduced disturbance to nesting birds with some simple fencing. The nature reserve has come along way since then and the wetland habitats and wildlife have grown and improved and there are more facilities for many more visitors - above is the very first birdwatching hide, built in March 1972. It's now called the Crittall hide (after the first chairman of the Friends) and is fully wheelchair accessible - see below.

New crittall hide

We are celebrating this 50th Anniversary with weekly updates called RYE SPY 50 - with wildlife news of the changing seasons every Friday on social media. We had planned a series of special events throughout the year (click here to see our events page) but in these challenging times these have been cancelled until we can can resume our normal activities.

Read RYE SPY 50 by joining us on Facebook #ryespye50 to discover more about the wildlife of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve.

Flumm fence at TP easter 71

Sussex Ornithological Society Workparty, Easter 1971 with Dave Flumm creating a fence around Ternery Pool