The Reserve

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve is an exceptional coastal and wetland landscape, near Rye in East Sussex, covering 465 hectares (1149 acres), formed from a mosaic of diverse habitats including salt and freshwater pools, reedbeds, shingle, woods, scrubland and open fields (map). It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) that is home to more than 4,000 species of plants and animals including 300 that are rare or endangered. It has a fascinating history.

The new Discovery Centre provides an information desk, cafe and shop to help you make the most of your visit.

UPDATE – Reedbed Viewing Platform: after many years of service, the platform has become unsafe and is uneconomic to repair. Sussex Wildlife Trust is working on plans for a new solution, but in the meantime, the reedbed can be viewed from Trail Point 13 on the map (What3Words: desiring.manual.tastier)

See the Wildlife sightings for March 2024 here.

The Friends asked Sam Moore of Visual Air to produce three inspirational drone films which show the reserve in a dramatic new way. See what you think: