• A focus on kestrels

    A focus on Kestrels at Rye Meads

    Rye Meads has had many years of success with kestrel nest boxes, with pylons proving to be popular, if sometimes a bit problematical, locations. Traditionally used is the box at the kingfisher hide, with National Grid workers adding another box as the initial one became dilapidated. So, two boxes can now be seen in this location and bizarrely Tawny Owl decided to nest there in 2017 and…

    • 15 May 2020
  • Update 11 May 2020

    Despite some very slight changes in lockdown restrictions, the reserve remains closed to the public for now. Our priority is to ensure that we only re-open when we have everything in place to keep our members, visitors, volunteers and employees safe.

    We must also make sure that the wildlife that calls our site home is ready to receive attention after a couple of months completely on its own. With reports of rare species…

    • 11 May 2020
  • April 2020

    Although Rye Meads is closed at the moment, we want to bring the site in to your homes.  I was fortunate to visit the reserve recently to carry out some essential work and I was struck by the smell of the hawthorn in blossom as I approached the visitor centre and bonus, a lesser white throat singing in the car park.  With an abundance of warbler song and butterflies to accompany me as I carried out some checks it was a…

    • 22 Apr 2020
  • Rye Meadlings Easter Activities

    Today would have been one of our regular Rye Meadlings sessions on the reserve. So we thought we would share some of the activities we might have been running for you to try with your little ones in your own home or garden.

    Here are some Easter themed activities for you and your children to try out over the next few days. Please bear in mind the latest Government restrictions and do not travel to access outdoor spaces…

    • 6 Apr 2020
  • Rye Meads is Closed.

    Following the latest government guidance we have closed Rye Meads reserve from 24 March 2020 until further notice.
     
    During these difficult and unsettling times, we hope that nature can provide a welcome respite either in your own garden or local open space.
     
    We will update this and our other social media sites when the situation changes.
     
    Thank you for your continued support.
    Keep well and stay safe…
    • 24 Mar 2020
  • Attention RSPB Rye Meads Visitors

    Following the latest government advice we have made the difficult decision to close our visitor centre to visitors by 19 March. This is to prioritise the health and welfare of our staff, volunteers and visitors.

    These are difficult and unsettling times for all of us but we hope that nature can provide a welcome respite in whichever form and wherever you may encounter it. We want to do everything we can to help people…

    • 18 Mar 2020
  • Hub complete

    Woo hoo... sign off day on the new Kingfisher viewing hub. Gilleard Bros Ltd have done a great job, it looks fantastic.
    We are still undertaking work on access and will start installing interpretation tomorrow. So excited!
    We will be opening the Hub at 1pm on Thursday 26 March. We hope to see you then.
     
     
    • 11 Mar 2020
  • Kingfisher viewing hub update

    The Kingfisher Viewing Hub is progressing nicely and work has started today on the relaying of the path. Everything is on track for the opening on 26 March 2020. When the Kingfisher Viewing Hub will be open to the public from 1pm.

    The team from Gilleard Bros Ltd have installed the floor, windows and doors since the last update and are well into completing the internal lining. It looks great.

    The team from BW Services…

    • 2 Mar 2020
  • Gilleard

    The Kingfisher Viewing Hub is looking GREAT! The @Gilleardbrosltd  are doing a cracking job in trying conditions this week. Thanks for all the hard work.

    • 21 Feb 2020
  • Kingfisher Viewing Hub taking shape

    An exciting part of the project…. despite the best efforts of the wet weather, which has made transporting equipment and hide panels to site challenging, the hub itself is taking shape. 

     So far, the concrete foundations, metal structure and the start of walls are in! The rest of the walls and roof should be completed this week. Next week doors and windows will be delivered and installed, and the internals kitted…

    • 19 Feb 2020
  • Reserve Open

    We have now cleared all the obstructions from the trails and the reserve is open. Thank you

    • 17 Feb 2020
  • Closed

    Unfortunately we have had a couple of casualties from storm Dennis that are obstructing the path, so we will not be opening today Sunday 16 February. We aim to be open by midday Monday but please check our social media for updates

    • 16 Feb 2020
  • Reserve Closure - 15 Feb

    - We have decided to close the reserve this afternoon due to worsening weather conditions.
    - We plan to be open as normal tomorrow (weather permitting).
    - Please follow our social media or blog for future updates.
    • 15 Feb 2020
  • Reserve Information - 15 and 16 February

    - We currently have no plans to close the reserve over the weekend (15 and 16 Feb) but will be monitoring weather forecasts closely.
    - If conditions change we may have to close the reserve at short notice.
    - Please keep an eye on our social media feeds to stay informed.
    • 14 Feb 2020
  • Reserve Closure - Sunday 9th February

    Rye Meads will be closed all day tomorrow due to hazardous weather conditions.
    We plan to be open as normal on Monday (weather permitting).
    Apologies to those planning a visit.
    • 8 Feb 2020
  • Stonechat

    Lovely treat today as members of the Rye Meads Ringing Group were able to re-trap a female stonechat on the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust meadow.

    She was ringed in the autumn and aged as a 2019 bird, so it looks like this young female has spent the winter on the meadow.

       

    • 1 Feb 2020
  • Kingfisher Viewing Hub January Update

    As an update to our posting earlier this month  on the Kingfisher Viewing Hub development we wanted to let you know that

    • contractors have now completed their works extending the pool in front of the hide, removed clogging vegetation from the ditches and created some new water vole habitat
    • Contractors have now completed all the work that can be done until the hide is constructed
    • Our volunteer work parties have installed…
    • 30 Jan 2020
  • Kestrel nest boxes

    It has been a real treat for the last few years to be able to watch the kestrels roosting and breeding in the nest box on the pylon in the car park. The youngsters fledging this summer was especially entertaining as they took their first flight, sitting on cars, or in hedges as they explored.

    During the week we have erected 2 new kestrel nesting boxes around the visitor centre. The first is located on the roof of the…

    • 17 Jan 2020
  • Kingfisher Viewing Hub - New Year Update

    Happy New Year!

    We thought we’d kick 2020 off by giving you an update on the progress of the Kingfisher Viewing Hub.

    Here is what we’ve been up to in the last few months…

    Our fantastic team of Habitat Management volunteers completed their work clearing vegetation to allow access for contractors and creation of Water Vole habitat. Windows, benches and artwork were removed from the old hide.

    Mike Langman…

    • 10 Jan 2020
  • Christmas and New Year Opening times

    Hello everyone

    We have changed our usual festive period opening times this year and will be closed 24 December  but open again on 1 January 2020 ready for the new year!

    We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

    from all the Rye Meads team

    Plenty of things to look forward to in 2020

    • our new Kingfisher Viewing Hub
    • what exciting moths will be in the trap
    • 3 dates for…
    • 22 Dec 2019
  • December Sightings - Highlights

    December kicked off good sightings of the Bittern from the Gadwall Hide which became less frequent throughout the month until the beginning of this week when it reappeared. We have also had good sightings of Water Rail, Kingfisher, Green Sandpiper and Goldcrest.

    Raptors made a nice appearance this month with the usual host of species seen (Kestrel, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Red Kite) plus Peregrine and a Marsh Harrier towards…

    • 20 Dec 2019
  • Exciting new internship at Rye Meads

    Looking to get some quality experience with Europe’s largest conservation charity, engaging with children and delivering environmental education? 

    Fancy spending 6 months in a fantastic place, with fantastic people – seeing things you’d never normally see?  Are you a recent graduate or just changing careers and need to gain practical experience in this competitive arena?

    We have a volunteer internship…

    • 6 Dec 2019
  • November Sighting at RSPB Rye Meads

    November kicked off with our first Bittern sighting of winter from the Gadwall Hide. The Bittern has been frequently sighted throughout the month although refused to put in an appearance for our monthly Bittern Roost Watch!

    Kingfishers were spotted from the Gadwall and Draper Hides as they continue to maintain their territory. We’ve had frequent reports of our winter visitors: Redwings and Fieldfare. Green Sandpiper,…

    • 29 Nov 2019
  • Kingfisher Viewing Hub - November Update

    Back in September we announced the fantastic news that the Kingfisher Viewing Hub project would be going ahead.

    We closed the Kingfisher Loop at the beginning of October and this closure will be in place until the new Hub is up and running in March 2020 - just in time for the Kingfisher breeding season.

    So, what's been happening in the meantime?

    Our dedicated team of habitat management volunteers have been clearing…

    • 29 Nov 2019
  • Sightings update 10 Nov 2019

    Hi All

    Just a quick update on recent sightings.

    First off a bittern, first of the winter, was seen on Friday (8/11) from the Gadwall hide, the heavy fog and rain Saturday were not conducive to further sightings but the bright sunshine this morning was a reward in its self but also multiple sightings of the bittern first seen flying over the meadow  towards the reserve and then visible from Gadwall hide on and off through…

    • 10 Nov 2019