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Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

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Address: Harbour Road | Rye Harbour, Rye TN31 7TU, England
Phone Number: 01797 227 784
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Description: A coastal nature reserve with 5 birdwatching hides and miles of footpaths...
A coastal nature reserve with 5 birdwatching hides and miles of footpaths to explore. Habitats include saltmarsh, shingle, saline lagoons, grazing marsh and reedbed. Visit at any time of year to see a range of birds, plants and other animals, including many that are rare. Find out more by visiting the website or joining the Friends.
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Avocets were amazing.

The weather was not the best for us and did actually impede our visit to this stunning nature reserve. However, after just a few minutes walk on to the reserve we saw 3 Avocets... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
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Littlehampton, United Kingdom
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Littlehampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

The weather was not the best for us and did actually impede our visit to this stunning nature reserve. However, after just a few minutes walk on to the reserve we saw 3 Avocets which made everything worth while. Later on we found many more.The reserve covers many different vegetations, so you get to see different birds in each area.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

We went for a nice walk around the Reserve & saw a lot of different birds. Oyster catcher, Curlew, Avocet, Teal, Red Shank to name a few.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We only did one of the shorter walks with the dog along the beach and through the nature reserve but this is a great day out for a lovely walk. There is so muuch more to see along the beach although it was hard going allong the pebbles so we cut the walk short. There is a free car park... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Bracing walk but worth it to see the birdlife including an avocet. Free car park was a bonus, as was the trip to Bosun's Bite cafe.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Right on the water, this place has so much to offer, waterfront strolls to wildlife watching to a lesson in history. Camden is a river mouth away, and of course Dungeness power station looms in the far background. We have had some amazing walks here and look forward to revisiting in the future!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Amazing place, perfect for kitesurf and free scallops. We will come more often, this is an incredibly place to be and to live in.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

An amazing place, lovely big car park (free) paths are all very accessible. Loads of wildlife to see

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Sadly it was a very dire walk from Rye.. Should have driven or local transport as the road from Rye to Rye Harbour is worse than a race track. And I'm not trying to be smart. Maybe we picked the wrong day. The pleasure comes after the industrial site but sometimes it's difficult to divorce the two.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 via mobile

Love it here, spring, summer, autumn or winter! Each season has something to see, or hear, on the reserve. Enjoy walking down to the beach from the caravan park with the dogs. Lots of nature...birds, rabbits, insects, sheep (enclosed away from dogs!) to see. The sunsets and sunrises can be amazing. Good for nature photography and bird-watching in the hides.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Many times have I been here in all weathers, walking my dogs - who love coming here. Usually windy but the temperature of that wind depends on the season, either way it is a fantastic place to come yo. Walk down the main pathway and see the rabbits going about their business, pop into one of the hides and watch... More 

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