Winter Sounds | Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

What to listen out for on the nature reserve in the winter.


Wigeon are ducks that spend the winter here in large flocks feeding on water plants, or grazing on grassland. Their whistling calls are a typical Rye Harbour sound.

Cetti’s Warbler

After a period of reedbed silence while the Cetti's Warblers were moulting and growing new feathers, they are now shouting out their name again!

Water Rail

Water Rail can be heard calling from deep in the reedbed. They are more likely to be heard than seen and their call has been described as sounding like a 'squealing pig'.

Bearded Tit

Bearded Tits can be heard calling with a nasal 'ting' or 'ping' sound as they fly about the reeds.

A calm morning with the background roar of the sea as Curlew leave the roost, flying over the camera, heading for the worm rich wet grassland at Camber.
Listen out for calls of Curlew, Coot, Wigeon whistling, Carrion Crow cawing, Redshank teeuing

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