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Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

Stuart Conway
Discover our wildlife in a mosaic of coastal habitats

Discover our wildlife in a mosaic of coastal habitats

You can discover our amazing wildlife all day, every day along many miles of path with five birdwatching hides accessible to wheelchairs and mobility scooters.

Explore the changing coastline and military history, or simply enjoy a walk beside the sea.


At Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, we ask all visitors to follow social distancing where possible during their visit, particularly in the Discovery Centre and the bird hides.

At the Discovery Centre, staff and volunteers will continue to wear face masks and we will keep our additional hygiene measures in place. We very much appreciate it if our customers continue to wear their face masks indoors and sign in using Track and Trace. 

Please be kind and patient with our staff, we are very excited to welcome more visitors to the Centre and hope that you will support us during this transition period so that we can make sure everyone is safe and comfortable.

More information on Sussex Wildlife Trust’s response to the Coronavirus can be found here

Discovery Centre

Start your wild adventure at the Rye Harbour Discovery Centre


Nature Reserve

Explore one of the most spectacular places in Sussex to see wildlife


Latest News


Autumn Gold

WaderTales blogger Graham Appleton has written about Golden Plover at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve.


August 2021 - Rye Harbour Nature Reserve sightings

Possibly the most exciting find this month were several Large Conehead on Harbour Farm on 26th, with at least 12 singing adults subsequently found on other parts of the reserve on the 29th


Jane Lovell writer in residence at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

SC Morgan talks to Jane Lovell, who was poet in residence at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve from 2019-2021


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