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Rye Meads Nature Reserve

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Address: Rye Road | Stanstead Abbotts, Ware SG12 8JS, England
Phone Number: 01992 708383
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: This wetland nature reserve has something to offer everyone and will...
This wetland nature reserve has something to offer everyone and will appeal to families, walkers, birdwatchers and photographers alike. With 8 hides and 3 large lagoons the reserve plays host to a variety of species such as Tufted duck, Common tern, Green sandpiper, Cetti's warbler, Kingfisher, Water vole, Fox, and most recently Black-necked grebe. A great place for children and families with spotter trails, regular events and a monthly wildlife explorer club, but also very popular with birders and people after a relaxing walk or some peace and quiet. The friendly visitor centre offers two classrooms, a bird feeding station, hot and cold drinks and refreshments, and toilet facilities, plus free parking for RSPB members. Opening times are every day from 9 am to 5 pm (or dusk if earlier). Please note that the reserve is closed on Christmas and Boxing Day.
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kids love the wildlife club

my children ages 7 and 9 have started going to the kids wildlife club which is on the 3rd saturday of every month. they really enjoyed it, they made things, went outside to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 18, 2015
crankycow
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London, England, United Kingdom
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London, England, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

my children ages 7 and 9 have started going to the kids wildlife club which is on the 3rd saturday of every month. they really enjoyed it, they made things, went outside to explore the topic of the month and met other children. you can stay with them if you have younger children or leave them there in the good... More 

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Perth, Australia
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21 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

I have wandered around various parts of this reserve on a number of visits and there is always something new. Whether it is the wildlife, the imported ponies, the lakes and ponds for fishermen, photographers or bird watchers, there is always something to enjoy. The interpretive centre is also interesting.

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London
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We went with children to do some hands on activities over the holiday. We made dream catchers and a bug house. Then went for a walk around the reserve. It's peaceful, and the hides have info. on birds. Can spend hours just watching, remember to take a packed lunch.

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Hertford
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Staff really child centred and patient especially as young kids have limited waiting ability. Plenty to see and lots of walking. Parking costs a bit though.

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Ware, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Staff very good encouraging children to take part. Take Wellies as it can be rather damp underfoot if there has been rain.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

We went here over Bank Holiday weekend. The reserve is very close to a speedway track (which had a fixture) which was a bit incongruous with the noise of the bikes but didn't detract at all. It is very well kept and had a number of "themed" hides such as coot , reed and kingfisher for different species. Obviously with... More 

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London
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

Beautiful nature reserve good facilities for bird watching, Hides extremely well maintained. Lovely visitor attraction well looked after

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Herts
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Near this peaceful spot are a couple of busy roads leading to big neighbouring towns...and you just wouldnt know it. The beautiful lakes and resident wildlife make for a very pleasant way to spend a few hours. Try it for yourself!

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Letchworth, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
30 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

Its a nice location next to the river and the remains of the historic Rye House. The RSPB reserve is surprising large but disappointingly I didn't see anything of great interest actually in the reserve except for the resident buffalo used to keep down growth. (I saw a kingfisher flying down the river outside). There is a fee for non... More 

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Hatfield, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

This RSPB Reserve is fairly local to us so we go quite regularly. It's a good place to go to look for Kingfishers as they usually nest there but the Kingfisher Hide gets very busy during the breeding season. There's plenty more to see on the reserve and we always have an enjoyable time. The paths are good and suitable... More 

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