Birds | Rye Harbour Nature Reserve
Sandwich Terns © Barry Yates

Birds

Sandwich Terns © Barry Yates

Rye Harbour is most famous for its bird life and in particular its breeding colonies of the Little, Common and Sandwich Terns.

In recent years the populations of these terns and other ground nesting birds (such as Ringed Plover, Avocet, Oystercatcher, Redshank, Lapwing, and Wheatear) have increased in number and breeding success. This has been achieved through careful habitat management and implementing conservation measures such as the erection of electric fencing enclosures (to deter Fox and Badger) and a team of voluntary wardens. So far more than 280 species of birds have been recorded on the Reserve, of which over 100 have nested. Apart from the interest of the breeding birds, Rye Harbour is also a good place to observe bird migration, while in winter large numbers of wildfowl and waders gather to take full advantage of the relatively undisturbed Reserve area.

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

Redshank © Dave Kilbey
Redshank © Dave Kilbey
tufted duck © Barry Yates
Tufted Duck © Barry Yates
Yellow Wagtail © Barry Yates
Yellow Wagtail © Barry Yates
Raven © Barry Yates
Raven © Barry Yates
Common Tern © Barry Yates
Common Tern © Barry Yates

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