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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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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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A fabulous area with fascinating Flora and Fauna. The hides give a great view over the ponds and it's interesting to watch the activities of the birds from there. There are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A fabulous area with fascinating Flora and Fauna. The hides give a great view over the ponds and it's interesting to watch the activities of the birds from there. There are great walks of varying lengths, but do be prepared for the wind !!!

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Thank Bob B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place for dog lovers to visit. I have yet to find an irresponsible dog owner on our visits. Kids and adults alike will love to watch the gulls drop clams from a height to break the shells..

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A beautiful place for a walk. We took a picnic and sat down by the beach with views over Dungeness. Look out for birds and wild flowers if you are interested in nature.

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Thank AntoniaChitty
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A lovely half day can be spent walking around the nature reserve. The Sussex Wildlife Trust is also worth a visit for a map of the reserve and other useful information

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Thank 47vj23
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A great venue for a must visit. Nestling in 449 hectacres suited near Rye and easy commuting. You will truly see nature wonders with a vast array of plants and birds.

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Thank Dr. Nizam M
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed a day out along this place. Has plenty to give and Rye town is also full of attractions. Could be busy at times but worth visiting

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Thank Adrian G
South Wales
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A pleasant and not too long walk from the free car park,although parts are not ideal for wheelchairs.. The visitor centre has office hour opening times and was always closed when we visited but there are some information boards available.The hides have no closing times should you wish to respectfully use them - birds seen included avocets ( the nearest... More 

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Thank Welshwasp
RyeHarbourNR, Manager at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, responded to this review

We are sorry that our visitor centre was not open during your visit, but we are dependent on volunteers and sometimes we just can't fill some slots. More 

Weybridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Whether you are a bird watcher or not, this is worth a visit if in the Rye area. There is free parking at Rye Harbour and then you can set off walking on the Reserve. Visit the Information Centre and pick up a free map of the routes = the volunteers are very helpful and then explore. There are also... More 

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Thank Jandytimes
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This nature reserve is a gem of a place. It's brilliant for bird spotting and is in an unspoilt and beautiful part of Sussex. Amazing things have been done here to encourage the breeding of different birds including gulls, terns, plovers and avocets

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Thank sewelyn
Lewes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This post is mainly for the benefit of birders. The Wild Rye website will give a lot of essential details but I shall include here a few useful tips. But first the basics. Rye Harbour is for nature lovers, especially birders. Rye Harbour itself is on the River Rother around two kilometres from its outlet into the English Channel. A... More 

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RyeHarbourNR, Manager at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Peter, thank-you for your kind comments, but just to clarify this is not an RSPB reserve but one managed by the Sussex Wildlife Trust and it can also be supported by joining the Friends. The updated website is https://sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/visit/rye-harbour regards, Barry Yates More 

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