Rye Harbour Nature ReserveHastings
Lime Kiln Cottage
Rye Harbour Road
East Sussex TN31 7TU 
 
 
    
Rye Harbour Nature Reserve lies within a large triangle of land extending from Rye, along the River Rother, past Rye Harbour to the sea, westward to Winchelsea Beach and northwards along the River Brede.
 
It is a mosaic of habitats beside the sea with shingle, salt-marsh, sand dunes, rivers, marsh pits, grazing marsh, reed-beds and farmland.
 
There is a good network of footpaths that enables much of the Nature Reserve to be visited from access points in Rye Town, Winchelsea Beach and Rye Harbour.
 
Some of the fascinating wildlife to be seen includes Brown Hares, Marsh Frogs, Spangled Button Beetles, Medicinal Leeches, and breeding pairs of Terns, Ringed Plovers, Oystercatchers, Redshanks, Lapwings and Wheatears. There are of course many other species of birds including waders and wildfowl especially during the winter migration months.
 
In late May and June the Beach Reserve is carpeted with the flowers of Sea Kale, Viper’s Bugloss, Yellow Horned Poppy and Sea Pea.
 
The Reserve also contains historically interesting military fortifications from the 16th, 19th and 20th centuries. Camber Castle marooned in the middle of the flat landscape is a stunning sight, and a tragic lifeboat disaster is commemorated in Rye Harbour Cemetery.
 
Plan Your Visit 
Accommodation - Search & Book through Tripadvisor here:    External Link
 
Open
The Reserve and bird watching hides are open all year.
 
Admission
Free
 
Facilities
Car parks at Lime Kiln Cottage and Rye Harbour
Toilets at Rye Harbour
The Information Centre at Lime Kiln Cottage is usually manned by volunteers from 10:00 – 17:00 hours (16:00 in winter).
5 Bird Watching Hides
 
Disabled Access
RADA key disabled toilets 87 yards (80 metres) from Rye Harbour carpark.
Flat footpaths and boardwalks Bird Watching Hides accessible to most wheelchairs. See further information on official website.
 
Contact & Further Information
Telephone  +44 (0)1797 227 784
Website  Rye Harbour Nature Reserve    External Link
 
Google Maps - Rye Harbour Nature Reserve