Rye Harbour Nature Reserve & Discovery Centre

    Barry Yates, Greenshank and Redshank

    Explore the changing coastline and military history, or simply enjoy a walk beside the sea. You can discover our amazing wildlife all day, every day along many miles of path with five birdwatching hides accessible to wheelchairs and mobility scooters.

    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.

    The Beach Reserve is recognised as having one of the finest examples of coastal shingle vegetation in the country. Particularly in late May and June the beach is transformed by a colourful array of flowers, the striking sea kale, and viper’s bugloss, the delicate yellow horned-poppy, sea pea and sea campion to name only a few.

    Plan your visit and find out more about Rye Nature Reserve.

    Discovery Centre & Cafe

    The recently opened Discovery Centre provides a wealth of information and you can also enjoy a break in the Lime Kiln cafe with fabulous views over the Nature Reserve.

    Information panels in the Discovery Centre



    Rye Harbour – sea kale. Image by Barry Yates

    Image Credits: Sussex Wildlife Trust .