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“A fun day out for Mum, Dad and the kids”

Rye Meads Nature Reserve
Ranked #2 of 19 things to do in Ware
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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, and regular events, 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Reviewed July 29, 2013

A real treat for the children and mum and dad if you are at one with nature...or maybe this might be the time to get close up and personal with mother nature...regardless of the time of year....there is always something going on. If you are lucky, you might also want to visit the original "Rye House"...where Guy Faulks" and Co> hatched the plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament.

2  Thank Cliff S
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

A great way to spend a relaxing day, educational and good for keeping fit. Walking around the reserve there are signposts for the main key items in that area and the wildlife is also highlighted.

1  Thank Jill J
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

Very relaxing and most enjoyable for children.Plenty of space with lovely picnic areas,the children enjoyed looking for the wildlife.

1  Thank ann d
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Reviewed June 14, 2013

Having lived locally for pretty much my whole life, I was surprised I didn't know about this reserve sooner! My husband and I spent a lovely few hours wandering around the reserve, and were very lucky to spot the beautiful kingfishers. My only grumble would be that the twitchers were out in force with their huge cameras, pretty much hogging the kingfisher hyde for themselves. However, the other hydes were quieter and there is information near them all showing what to look and listen out for! There is the option to leave the reserve and take a longer route via an area where otters have been spotted, but you will have to continue the path around the route; the gate is exit only. There seems to be good disabled access although after heave rain there may be some soggy patches of pathway. I think the carpark was £2 to non-members, and the reserve was free to enter. Take a picnic and enjoy a day out surrounded by nature!

3  Thank jackiewaleen
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Reviewed May 23, 2013

Providing the birds are nesting, you are virtually guaranteed sightings of the kingfishers at the Rye Meads Nature Reserve. A telephone call to the extremely helpful staff will advise on the current situation.
We have visited the Reserve on 3 occasions and have seen the kingfishers every time. On our last visit (May 23) we were lucky for the bird to land and rest for a full 30 seconds on the post closest to the hide. This allowed to us to take some memorable photos one of which is attached.

4  Thank Nick M
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