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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 additional hygiene measures in place. We appreciate it if our customers continue to wear their face masks indoors. 

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


Marsh Helleborine

Marsh Helleborine is a rare plant in Britain and in Sussex it has been lost from all of its historic sites


November 2021 - Rye Harbour Nature Reserve Sightings

Bird highlights this month were probably several sightings of Snow Bunting on the Beach reserve, with two present on the 12th and 18th.


We speak to new Heritage Trainee Tim Castle

We speak to new Rye Harbour Nature Reserve Heritage Trainee Tim Castle


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