• Rye Meads Winter Opening Times

    ️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
  • Sightings Highlights - mid Sept to mid Oct

    Sightings over the past few weeks have included Stonechat and Whinchat out on the meadow.

    From Draper there have been sightings of  Jack Snipe, Snipe, Green Sandpiper and Wigeon.

    Photo: Snipe by Keith Bedford

    Waterfowl numbers have been building up nicely with 120 Teal seen and good numbers of Gadwall and Shoveller.

    Photo: Gadwall by Keith Bedford

    Visitors have has nice views of Goldcrests on the trail up to Draper…

    • 16 Oct 2020
  • Wood sandpiper

    We currently have a wood sandpiper visible from the Draper hide.

    We have opened the Draper hide for visiting but there are some restrictions on use: please follow social distancing and wear face covering, maximum capacity 3 people or 1 family group, maximum stay 45 min. 

    The wood sandpiper is regularly joined by green sandpiper (up to 6) and snipe (up to 6), we also had a common sandpiper last week, so being able to spot…

    • 25 Aug 2020
  • Wild Challenge at Rye Meads

    Come to Rye Meads with the family to try out some of the RSPB’s wild challenge activities.

    Have your phone ready and look out for the QR codes on signs around the reserve. 

    You can find links to activities such as bird watching, matching natures colours, being a nature detective – finding out what animals are about and looking at tress, leaves and seeds.

    It’s free and could be the start of a whole outdoor…

    • 9 Aug 2020
  • National Grid

    Please be aware. National Grid will be undertaking work on the pylon in our car park for a period between 10 August and 24 September. While this work is being undertaken we will have to close a large part of our car park so parking will be very limited. National Grid will provide us with a weeks notice, which we of course will pass on to you. We are waiting to hear how long the work is to last and we will update this…
    • 5 Aug 2020
  • July Highlights - The return of monthly sightings!

    Hi Everyone,

    Bryony here... the Visitor Experience Manager at RSPB Rye Meads. It’s been a little while since we shared with you some sightings so with August here we though now would be a good time to let you know what was spotted around the reserve in July.

    We’ve had a good array of warblers making themselves known out on the reserve with White Throat, Lesser White Throat, Chiff Chaff, Black Cap, Garden, Reed and…

    • 3 Aug 2020
  • New River Bridge closed.

    Monday 20 July to Thursday 24 December 2020
    We have been notified that Thames Water will be starting work on the New River bridge along Rye Road on Monday. The work will see the existing bridge demolished and replaced. The new bridge will allow two-way traffic and will be stronger.
    There will be a pedestrian walkway available for access.
    The diversion for vehicles takes you down Essex Road, Pindar Road, Normandy…
    • 15 Jul 2020
  • Insects

    Its a great time of year to look out for insects, from butterflies to bugs, beetles and bees. So when you visit the reserve don't forget to check out the vegetation next to the trail, there are many insects lurking with in. A clump of bramble flowers area a great source of nectar, so often full of bees of many species. Why not have a got at identifying them?
    Please share any insect pictures you get on your visit with…

    • 15 Jun 2020
  • Road Closure

    We are checking in to reports that Rye Road is going to be closed at the bridge over the new river for 5 days, if you are thinking of visiting Sunday or Monday please be aware. Thanks

    • 10 Jun 2020
  • Rye Meads Open

    Our visitor centre, shop, café, toilets and hides remain closed. Some of our trails and car park are now open Sunday-Wednesday, but please be mindful that it has limited capacity. We urge our visitors to please stay local to your nearest reserves and greenspaces.  Anyone choosing to visit should observe all current government advice around social distancing and hygiene.

    • 7 Jun 2020
  • 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