• Mid-June Sightings Blog - Mel's Mutterings & Visitor Photos

    Strangely mixed weather on the reserve over the last few weeks, but summer is very much here now – between myself and our volunteers we could definitely have a good ‘Knobbliest Knees’ competition. Over at the Kingfisher Hide we finally have signs of incubating a second brood, after a lot of confusing behaviour! For plenty of variety, you don’t even need to reach the Visitor Centre, as our herb garden and Wildlife Garden…

    • 12 Jun 2022
  • End of May Sightings Blog - Mel's Mutterings & Visitor Photos

    In the last full week of May there’s been plenty happening! Our first Kingfisher brood of the year fledged on Monday with four youngsters finally leaving the nest. One was very reluctant but they’re now all away, and there’s signs of prep for the second brood at the Kingfisher Hub. At the Draper hide there may be signs of hatched young so its all go!

    Here are the latest highlights in the next instalment…

    • 29 May 2022
  • Mid-May Sightings Blog - Mel's Mutterings & Visitor Photos

    Approaching May Half Term we’ve had some very warm weather, but as I write this it’s hammering down with rain! That combo over the last few weeks has brought out some serious greenery, and plenty of butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies to go with it. Out of the window by my desk I’ve had a brilliant distraction with starlings making use of a nestbox above the door to the Visitor Centre – they could fledge any day…

    • 20 May 2022
  • Mel's Mutterings - End of April Sightings Blog

    The other side of Easter has seen a mixture of warm and still, and cool and windy - fortunately we've begun to see plenty of Year Firsts, including Reed Warblers and the unmistakable sounds of Cuckoos. We've also had a pair of very confident Kestrels mating around the nest boxes near the Kingfisher Hub and the car park - we have our fingers crossed for nesting after a couple of years of absence! Redshank have also been…

    • 28 Apr 2022
  • Volunteer Sightings Blog - Mel's Mutterings

    The Easter holidays has seen a buzz of activity at Rye Meads, and that’s not just from the early gathering bees! Families have been enjoying our Easter Egg-stravaganza activity trail, and pond dipping discoveries have included newts, water scorpions and more!


    A very lucky pond dipper, catching a newt, a backswimmer, and a caddis fly larva!

    But around the rest of the reserve, our migrant species are beginning to…

    • 15 Apr 2022
  • Great diving beetle

    What a beast! Amazing great diving beetle from our pond dipping area today. #greatdivingbeetle Pond dipping running until 18 April £3 if you want to try your luck.

    • 12 Apr 2022
  • Emperor!

    A bit late for my first emperor moth pheromone lure session today but success, 3 in 20min, not bad!
    Also my first orange tip, speckled wood and thanks to Alan Harris, from Rye Meads Ringing Group, my first willow warbler of the year.
    • 11 Apr 2022
  • 2022 at the Kingfisher Hub

    The Kingfisher breeding season is fast approaching!

    Last year we were delighted to see two active pairs, and despite the drama of losing a male from the hub pair we still successfully fledged 4 broods. So, we are keen to see what the 2022 breeding season will bring!

    We aim to offer everyone a great visitor experience when visiting Rye Meads. In anticipation of another busy year, we are launching some new requirements…

    • 28 Feb 2022
  • Storm Eunice

    Due to the strong winds and Amber warning issued for #StormEunice we are taking the decision to close the reserve tomorrow (18 February 2022).        We have made this decision with everyone’s safety in mind, stay safe!  

    • 17 Feb 2022
  • Season's Greetings

     Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year  , from all of us at Rye Meads.
    We will be closing today at 4.30 and are then closed for the festive period and reopen on Tuesday 28/12/21 9am-4.30pm.
    Join us on 1 January 2022 for a start on your 2022 sightings!
    Family outing? Our #RobinRobin trail continues to 10 January 2022 for kids to have a post-Xmas sneak!
    • 23 Dec 2021
  • Celebrate your inner Robin on our adventure trail this Christmas

    We’re delighted to be partnering with Netflix and Aardman on Robin Robin, a half-hour, stop-motion, festive story for the whole family, about a young robin trying to fit in. It’s debuting on Netflix on 24 November – get the date in your diary!

    To celebrate, we’re inviting you to join exclusive Robin Robin-themed adventure trails right here at Rye Meads this Christmas season.

    Over 30 RSPB nature…

    • 13 Nov 2021
  • Unexpected visit from Great White Egret

    Nice treat today, my first on the ground great white egret at Rye Meads.
    After a fly over this morning spotted by members of the Rye Meads Ringing Group, we thought that was it for this bird. But our volunteer Ann managed to pick it up from the Draper hide this afternoon, great for those of us who missed the flyover this morning. Emerging from the purple loostrife the great white egret continued to parade around the…
    • 11 Sep 2021
  • Recent Sightings 13/8/2021

    Green sandpiper count has increased through the week reaching 7 today with additional 2 common sandpiper also present though the week. Addition for today in the form of a juvenile little ringed plover, fingers crossed for some further wader passage in the next few weeks.
    House Martin flocks have also been feeding low over the lagoon as they move south on their migration and today the 50+ strong flock also had 6+ swift…
    • 13 Aug 2021
  • Covid-19 Update

     Welcome back! As restrictions ease further in England, we’re excited to continue to have many of our facilities OPEN for your visit! Here’s a summary of what’s available
     Car park
     Visitor centre, staffed Welcome Point
     Nature reserve trails
     Café Lite and outdoor seating, plus take away also available.  Card payments preferred
     Self-guided family trails and activities
     Uniform group…
    • 20 Jul 2021
  • National Grid Pylon Maintenace

    National Grid will be undertaking maintenace on the pylon in our car park during July. This will mean the closure of part of the car park and so limited parking while work is undertaken. Closures:- 9-12 July & 26-27 July We will keep you updated about any changes.

    • 21 Jun 2021
  • Thanks To You

    Over the past 26 years, grants from the National Lottery have helped to make RSPB nature reserves even better places for wildlife and people. That's why the RSPB are saying a #ThanksToYou by taking part in the National Lottery’s Open Week campaign, which highlights the vital contribution National Lottery players make to supporting good causes.
    In 2002 we were able to open our visitor centre and reserve…
    • 31 May 2021
  • Insects galore

    Spent some time enjoying the sunshine yesterday and I was not the only one insects were loving it too! Picked up so many species in short stretch of hedge just outside visitor centre accompanied by cuckoo, common tern, blackcap, bullfinch and Mediterranean gull calls, gulls hawking for insects and red kite drifting over.
    I'm still working on identifying many of the insects but thought I'd share some with you, so if…
    • 28 May 2021
  • Covid-19 update

     Welcome back! We’re excited to have many of our facilities OPEN from 17 May 9am-5pm for your visit!
     Car park
     Visitor Centre staffed Welcome Point
     Nature reserve trails, including seasonal trail
     Take away refreshments and some of our outdoor seating area (we still need to cut some vegetation). Card payments preferred.
     We’re excited to be able to open our hides
    You’ll notice we’ve made a few…
    • 16 May 2021
  • Rye Meads Half term events 2021

    Rye Meads Half Term Events

    Sunday 30 May – Friday 4 June & Sunday 6 June


    Self-led Migration Trail

    Sunday 30 May – Friday 4 June & Sunday 6 June 9 am-4.00 pm

    Join Sunny the swallow on migration from South Africa to Rye Meads, 6,000 miles!  Face the perils and see the sights as you cross the Sahara Desert, Europe and the English Channel and arrive ready to breed at Rye Meads!

    Closed Saturday 5 June

    • 12 May 2021
  • Covid Update 6 January 2021

    In line with #lockdown regulations some of our facilities are closed.
    Our Trails , carpark and toilets are open for your essential daily exercise and to enjoy a dose of nature.
    We know how important getting into nature is and the positive impact it has on your health and wellbeing. So if you are a local come for a walk around our trails and enjoy the nature on offer. When visiting site, please follow social distance…
    • 6 Jan 2021
  • Happy New Year 2021

    Great start to 2021 Year List, Peregrine up on the pylon, male blackcap and redwing in the car park. What's the first bird on your 2021 year list, do let us know! Hoping yesterdays little weasel visits again to start off mammals as well, bonus.

    • 1 Jan 2021
  • Tier 4

    We are now in a Tier 4 Area
    Come and visit your local nature reserve and enjoy the redwings and fieldfares feasting on hawthorn berries and get your daily dose of fresh air . We know how important getting into nature is during this difficult time and the positive impact nature has on our health and wellbeing. The reserve trails are open for you to enjoy following social distance guidance (one household or to meet…
    • 20 Dec 2020
  • Tier change

    We are now in a Tier 3 Area


    We know how important getting into nature during this difficult time is for our health and wellbeing.


    Here at Rye Meads Fieldfares and Redwing are feasting on the hawthorn berries and starlings and yellowhammers are roosting in the reedbed.

    We also have lots of muddy puddles for jumping in for little ones... or big ones too!


    Come and visit your local nature reserve and enjoy the autumn colours…

    • 17 Dec 2020
  • Rye Meads Winter Opening Times



    From Monday 24 Nov to end of Feb:

    Car park open (9am-4pm, £4 for non-members)

    Staffed, Covid-secure, outdoor welcome point (10am-4pm)

    Trails open (9am-4pm)

    Toilets open (10am-4pm)

    Take away refreshments available to purchase, card payment preferred


    Hides and Visitor Centre closed

    Reserve remains closed on Saturdays

    Please note: Rye Meads will be closed 24, 25, 26 Dec and 4 and…

    • 22 Nov 2020
  • November Lockdown

    We know that for many of you, Rye Meads reserve provides enjoyment and solace in the natural world throughout these challenging times. In line with Government guidance on essential, daily exercise outdoors, during #SecondLockdown, our car park, trails and toilets remain open for you to visit. Please follow all current Government guidance around social distancing, who you can visit with, hygiene and follow all signage…

    • 4 Nov 2020