Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 7TX

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a photograph of Rye Harbour visitor centre. Wooden and glass structure against a blue sky.

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Rye Harbour Nature Reserve is an important wildlife site that is the size of 600 football pitches and is set in an exceptional coastal and wetland landscape. It is home to more than 4,355 species of plants and animals including 300 that are rare or endangered.

Come and visit our mosaic of shingle beaches, saline lagoons, saltmarsh, grassland, scrub, gravel pits and reedbeds. Our flowers are at their best from late May to July, but our birdlife is varied all year round and changes each month. We now have information boards posted all around the reserve, which show you what you can see. Click on the QR codes to listen to birdsong, see a wildlife video, or find out more about our wildlife or local history. A network of footpaths throughout the nature reserve gives easy access to many seats and five birdwatching hides - four of which are wheelchair accessible.

Sussex Wildlife Trust has been pleased to welcome many visitors to our flagship visitor centre, the Rye Harbour Discovery Centre, since it opened in May 2021.

The Discovery Centre is currently open daily from 10am - 4pm and it offers an accessible hub for Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. Facilities include the glorious Lime Kiln Café, which serves great coffee and homemade cakes, promotes the best of local produce – and offers a range of fantastic views across the nature reserve. We have a shop and accessible toilets. Come and learn about the diversity of wildlife through our information boards, photos, videos and touchscreen displays showing the kind of wildlife you can find on the reserve, as well as the history of the area, military and geographical. We have excellent education facilities and put on a range of events for adults, children and families, throughout the year.

Talk to our staff and volunteers who are on hand to welcome visitors and help everyone engage with the special wildlife on the reserve. 
We have an outdoor seating area, dogs are welcome, plus we have cycle racks.

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve is great to visit all year round and whatever the weather – but bring sensible clothing, because it can be a very windy location. 

First photograph of Discovery Centre © Oliver Bates.

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    Recent Reviews:

    • swift-simba
      Camberley, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Great place to walk and see birds
      5 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 21st September 2022
      This is a place that you could do with Binoculars and a long camera lense in order to see and capture views of the birds there. There is a hide that you can go in to order to see the birds that use... Read full review
    • Jones1556
      Maidstone, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Family
      Great Nature Reserve
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 27th September 2022
      We love coming to the nature reserve for a lovely walk and is a great place to watch the various birds there in the hides. The new Discovery/Visitor Centre is lovely and such a wonderful addition... Read full review
    • MoiraPrebble
      New Romney, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      Love this area
      5 of 5 stars
      Friday, 30th September 2022
      A vast area to walk your dogs and love this area. A good selection of birds to see whilst walking and worth the visit. Read full review

    Map & Directions

    Road Directions

    Nearest major road is A259. From Rye turn left off A259 towards Rye Harbour. Follow the road round until reaching the large car park on the right. Entrance to reserve is opposite the car park.

    Public Transport Directions

    Visit by train to Rye and then walk ten minutes to the north part of the reserve (40 minute walk to the Discovery Centre), or catch a bus (one an hour) or take a taxi to Rye Harbour village to visit the coastal section of the reserve, which is also easy to explore with pushchairs, wheelchairs or bikes.

    Facilities

    Accessibility

    • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors - Induction loop systems in bird hides and information centre.
    • Guide Dogs Permitted
    • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
    • Ramp/Level Access
    • Toilets for Disabled Visitors
    • Wheelchair user accessible - Motorised scooters hired out at Reserve - contact Chris on 07884 494 982

    Catering

    • Picnic Site

    Establishment Features

    • Dogs Accepted
    • Printed Material in Foreign Languages

    Payment Methods

    • Groups Accepted
    • Max group size - 30
    • Min group size - 10

    Printed Material in Foreign Languages

    • French printed material

    Provider Preferences

    • Outdoor Attraction

    Tours and Demonstrations

    • Educational Visits Accepted
    • Guided Tours Available for Groups

    Opening Times

    Discovery Centre opening times (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)
    DayTimes
    Monday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00

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