Rye Harbour Education Centre

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve is a mosaic of habitats beside the sea with shingle, saltmarsh, rivers, pits, grazing marsh and reedbeds, and full of wildlife for you to discover. The nature reserve has a People and Wildlife Officer to lead your group, and a programme of activities suitable for all ages.

There are two main areas of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve:

  • The Beach Reserve – a large shingle beach, ideal for finding out more about our marine life, along with areas of grassland and saltmarsh for studying minibeasts, and four bird watching hides for close-up encounters with wetland birds. There is also a small information centre with a gift shop.
  • Camber Castle – built for Henry VIII, this is a 500 year old ruin that has tunnels, towers and bastions to explore. It is surrounded by shingle ridges that are covered by a flower-rich grassland, and sits next to a large wetland area – Castle Water – that provides important areas for birds and other animals including water vole and medicinal leech. There is a bird watching hide and areas suitable for pond-dipping.

Information for teachers