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Common Darter

Animals

Common Darter

Invertebrates

Where there is a good variety of plant life, there usually exists a correspondingly good variety of animal life. Studies carried out on the invertebrates have shown Rye Harbour Nature Reserve to be of outstanding National Importance. 2,321 species have been noted so far, including 209 Notable Species and more than 100 Red Data Book (RDB) species - such as the Spangled Button Beetle and the Medicinal Leech. However, there remains much to learn and there is a lack of detailed knowledge about most of the rare and notable species.

You can find several free to download publications about invertebrates by clicking here.

Vertebrates

Of the larger animals on the nature reserve, perhaps the one most commented upon is the Marsh Frog, which can be heard noisily croaking all summer long. It's an introduced species (1935) that dominates the Romney Marshes. At night, the reserve is the domain of Badgers, Foxes and Bats, including a good population of the Nathusius' Pipistrelle.

You can find several free to download publications about vertebrates by clicking here.


Medicinal Leech
Medicinal Leech
Spangled Button Beetle
Spangled Button Beetle
Shore Crab
Shore Crab
Nathusius Pipistrelle
Nathusius Pipistrelle
Marsh Frog
Marsh Frog
Common Seal
Common Seal

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