Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve (Rye Harbour Nature Reserve)


Reserve Name     Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

Managing Authority     Sussex Wildlife Trust

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve
Lime Kiln Cottage
Rye Harbour Road
East Sussex TN31 7TU

Phone Number     01797 227 784
Email     barryyates@sussexwt.org.uk
Website   Visit Website
Google Map Link     See Location on Google Map

Access (Transport)

TQ 941 189. Signposted off the Winchelsea to Rye road 2.3 km (1.4 miles) south east of Rye.

Large free Car Park in Rye Harbour village at entrance to Nature Reserve and adjacent to Martello Tower.

Parking & Toilet Provision
Toilets (80m) with adapted facilities for disabled visitors. Five hides, all of which are accessible. The William the Conqueror pub (150m) has access for wheelchairs and toilet facilities.

Opening Hours
Visitor centre opened by volunteers 10 am – 5 pm (10 am – 4 pm October to March). Reserve open at all times.

Admission Charges

Description of Habitat & Facilities

Good tarmac improve road surface to two of the hides and reasonable paths with access for mobility scooters to others.

Description of Trails
From the car park a private tarmac road leads to: Information Centre 450m, then first hide another 250m, second, third and fourth hides about another 1500m.  These hides give excellent close views of breeding seabirds, ducks and waders and much, much more. Paths give good views overlooking river, saltmarsh and several pools.

Trail Surfaces
There is also circular route of another part of the reserve that is possible to take some wheelchairs i.e. it is not a hard surface. Rye – Camber Castle – Castle Water – Rye

Number of Hides      5

Description of Hides [By name or number]
Two are fully accessible, other 3 accessible to some wheelchairs and mobility scooters.

Target Species
Many species of wader all year, of which 6 breed annually, 3 species of breeding tern, 6 species of breeding gull, Wheatear nest and Skylark and Grey Partridge.

Nearby Sites
Pett Level and Dungeness.

Contributor      Dr Barry Yates
Contributors Email       barryyates@sussexwt.org.uk

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