Last Sunday, February 2, World Wetlands Day, Sussex Wildlife Trust led two guided, circular walks around the wetlands of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve – internationally designated as Ramsar wetlands. Twenty two people came on the morning walk, which started from Rye station and eight people arrived by train.
We walked first to Camber Castle and then had lunch at the nearby hide, overlooking the freshwater of Castle Water. There were excellent views of Marsh Harrier and a variety of ducks, including Gadwall.
Fourteen people came on the afternoon walk, which started from the car park at Rye Harbour and explored the saline wetlands. This gave a close encounter with the wintering flock of Brent Geese, and again, a variety of ducks, including Widgeon.
We were fortunate to have a dry day, but after recent heavy rains the wetlands and footpaths were very wet. Which is just what the wetland wildlife likes.
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Image Credits: Barry Yates .