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Rye Meads Nature Reserve

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Address: Rye Meads Nature Reserve Rye Road | Stanstead Abbotts, Ware SG12 8JS, England
Phone Number: 01992 708383
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

This wetland nature reserve has something to offer everyone and will appeal...

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 tranquil spot

A great little get close to nature spot including a cafe. Lots of walks long and short and activity days throughout summer holidays for kids

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A great little get close to nature spot including a cafe. Lots of walks long and short and activity days throughout summer holidays for kids

Thank SJBaked
Letchworth, United Kingdom
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183 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

We visited Rye Meads Nature Reserve on a very hot day for a nice walk through nature more than anything. We were greeted by a staff member, Possibly called Robin? Who gave us a map and explanation which was helpful. £3 for the car park and free entry is great price, bring cash as there is no card machine. Other... More 

Thank Martz4040
London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016

I have been visiting Rye Meads for about 8 years. My main interest is Kingfishers and Rye Meads has its own Kingfisher bank with nest holes. Most years there are a breeding pair that can be viewed from the hide. You can sit there for hours and see nothing, and other times see lots of activity. Its only after many... More 

Thank Badmoneydies
Lowestoft, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

Staff were very friendly and helpful. Is quite a small reserve but paths were very good and the highlight was definitely the Kingfishers. Got some fantastic views of them fishing. Was worth a visit.

Thank Karen W
London, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

This is just off the canal towpath so its easy to find and is bit of a hidden gem. There is so much to see with the Spotted Today board at the entrance you just have to keep your eyes peeled. Great Hides to watch them with knowledgable staff and volunteers on hand to advise you of where to look... More 

1 Thank Ecojanie
Ware, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

Lovely walks by the water and nice place to have lunch. Tow path easily accessible but footpaths to Glen Faba Lake better to have walking guide or map. Fish and Eels pub at the weir a lovely spot to stop for something to eat.

Thank Findik6
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

An excellent walk round an nature reserves. The hides are well sited and provide excellent views of the lakes and therefore the birds. The Kingfisher hide will not disappoint as views of the beautiful bird are very common during the summer.

1 Thank John K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016 via mobile

I took my 3 1/2 year old grandaughter to this event. First visit to the nature reserve..what a wonderful find! Very well organised and interactive. Emma, the story teller, was brilliant and engaged well with all the children. Would highly recommend the event and also the nature reserve. I will definetly return as so much to see and do. A... More 

1 Thank 184christine
Wexford, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2016

My first visit here and I thoroughly enjoyed it. A quiet, peaceful reserve with easy walks. There are numerous, very well constructed hides. Can get very busy with photographers at times! There's loads of wildlife to see including common terns, black tailed godwit, green sandpipers, ducks, geese, swans and also a little egret. There were fledglings of various sorts and... More 

1 Thank Kate F
Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016 via mobile

I've been with my little one 4 yrs old and we have learnt a lot about bugs . The people who works there really love nature and their job. They transmit their interest for the animal world even for the smallest creatures. I admire their enthusiasm and appreciate their dedication. We will come back again to learn more. A bit... More 

2 Thank mrsbrett2016

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