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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 appreciate it if our customers continue to wear their face masks indoors. 

Please be kind and patient with our staff, we are excited to welcome more visitors to the Centre and are grateful to you for supporting us 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


Official opening of the Rye Harbour Discovery Centre

Guests at the official opening of the Rye Harbour Discovery Centre included The Wildlife Trusts CEO Craig Bennett and RSPB Chair Kevin Cox


Saltmarsh Saturdays and the #26 habitats project

Find our more about Saltmarsh Saturday and the #26Habitats project


September 2021 - Rye Harbour Nature Reserve sightings

Highlight this month was a juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper at Castle Water, initially on the 15th and again on the 26th.


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