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“Excellent Nature Reserve”

Rye Meads Nature Reserve
Ranked #2 of 18 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, 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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29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Excellent Nature Reserve”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2013

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

Visited June 2013
1 Thank Enfieldgirl
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English first
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62 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Peace and Tranquility in the middle of a busy turnpike.....”
4 of 5 bubbles 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!

Visited March 2013
2 Thank AnnHerts
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Letchworth, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Lakes and Reed Beds”
3 of 5 bubbles 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 RSPB members.

Visited May 2013
1 Thank jayembee1969
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Hatfield, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Well Worth a Visit”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 for disabled access.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank CornishPiskie2013
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Rainham, United Kingdom
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176 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Always something of interest”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2013 via mobile

An excellent RSPB Reserve just north west of Harlow. It may be close to a sewage works but don't let this put you off. Terns, cormorants and sandpipers are among the regulars with the terns putting in their air displayalong with the lapwings. Kingfishers are regular breeders and frequently provide a show to the delight of all. Well worth a visit.

Visited August 2013
2 Thank Voxsilens
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