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Address: Rye Road | Stanstead Abbotts, Ware SG12 8JS, England
Phone Number: 01992 708383
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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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Beautiful beautiful Kingfishers

We made a special trip full of excitement at the prospect of seeing kingfishers but trying to remain open minded that other birds were just as lovely just in case we didn't spot... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 18, 2015
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welling

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welling
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93 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We made a special trip full of excitement at the prospect of seeing kingfishers but trying to remain open minded that other birds were just as lovely just in case we didn't spot any blue darting images. We were told the kingfishers were feeding young at the KF hide as we arrived ... Excitement overload we almost ran to the... More 

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Hatfield, United Kingdom
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122 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Wow such a fabulous experience again,If you haven't visited ? Get on with it so many amazing things to do. Look on their website for upcoming events. We attended the Art and craft afternoon brilliant . Staff do a great job making everyone feel welcome so much wildlife to see. Simply awesome day out

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Ware, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

We loved it, a really warm sunny day and we loved just walking around the nature reserve, going to the otter houses and looking for otters, and other animals. We'll do it again for sure and we loved it.

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Kent UK
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Visited RYE MEADS for the first time with the main objective being to see the Kingfishers. Entered the hide at just after nine o'clock, and was very disappointed to hear all the noise from some of the photographers who were clearly locals from what they were saying. Have they not heard of 'hide etiquette"? Acting like a bunch of schoolboys,... More 

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RyeMeads, Visitor Experience Officer at Rye Meads Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Hi there, we're very sorry you weren't able to enjoy watching the kingfishers during your visit. This is a problem that does sometimes occur at peak kingfisher watching times when they are breeding and feeding youngsters, and we are putting in a lot of effort to solve it. We have put up notices reminding users to keep equipment and noise... More 

Hertfordshire
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23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

This is a location hard to believe it's so close to the town. It's so quite and beautiful with wonderful locations to sit in the quietness and beauty of the countryside and watch nature

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8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Me and my husband visit rye meads every other weekend and we love it so much we take our grandchildren there and we teach them aboit the birds and which ones they can spot. We also took the boys to the rangers group last month and learnt about kingfishers. This month is feathers and they want to go again. My... More 

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UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

In sight of the tower blocks and just off the A 10 this place truly lives up to the name "nature reserve" Pass through quietly and you will see all that Hertfordshire has to offer. Great cycle paths and walks

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Staffs
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49 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

To be honest I wasn't expecting much from this reserve but what a delight it turned out to be. We were not blessed with the best of weather but it was still a beautiful place to be, not just for all the bird life but for all the spring flowers. A glorious blaze of colour throughout the reserve. The seasonal... More 

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RyeMeads, Visitor Experience Officer at Rye Meads Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Hi there Taxwizzard, thanks so much for reviewing us and I'm glad you enjoyed your visit! We are very aware of issues over conflicts with kingfisher photographers and normal visitors, and we are working on ways of keeping both parties happy. This may involve finding time and/or space allocated only to photographers, and the same for families and other birdwatchers.... More 

Hatfield, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Rye Meads is a lovely place to visit for serious birdwatchers, families with young children or anyone looking for a quiet little oasis from their busy lives. Obviously it's more appealing from Spring through to Autumn, but there are interesting things to see all year round and it is beautiful on a crisp and clear Winter's day. I go regularly... More 

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Harlow, England, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Went to the rspb reserve at rye meads for the first time. What a lovely tranquil place. Cost was ridiculously cheap - £3 to cover the parking. Would have stayed all day if I could. Hides are in great positions and the paths are well laid. Obviously a lot of regulars and photographers especially in the kingfisher hide. Will be... More 

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Address: Rye Road | Stanstead Abbotts, Ware SG12 8JS, England
Phone Number: 01992 708383
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hertfordshire  >  Ware
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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