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Every Monday we will be visiting one of our nature reserves in the south-east of England to find out which species of birds live there or visit during the spring and summer months.

Our chosen reserve this week is Rye Harbour Nature Reserve.

One of the most important conservation sites on the Sussex coast, Rye Harbour Nature Reserve has been recognised as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Protection Area for birds and a Special Area of Conservation under the EU Habitats

This reserve consists of a variety of habitats. These include a saltmarsh, sand dunes, rivers, pits, a grazing marsh, reedbeds and farmland. Full of wildlife for you to discover there are 5 birdwatching hides where you all year round observe the birds that live on and visit the reserve.

Where are the hides located?  Click here to view reserve map

shoveler duck male    shelduck

Many birds occur here in nationally important numbers, such as Shoveler and Sanderling in the winter and breeding Little Tern, Sandwich Tern and Mediterranean Gull.

Birds that can be seen on the reserve during the spring and summer months include the shelduck, Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Little Tern, Common Tern, Sandwich Tern, Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Ringed Plover, Redshank, Black-Headed Gull, Mediterranean Gull and Wheater.

Photographs: Shoveler Duck (left) and Shelduck (right)

Rye Nature Reserve Website

Rye Nature Reserve