Its a beautiful bank holiday weekend with great weather and plenty to see and do here at Rye Meads.

Steve Kershaw is on site with his wildlife art and demonstration, family activities, a elephant hawk moth caterpillar was found walking the path this morning so we have popped him in a display tank on reception for the day if you would like a look.

The third brood of kingfishers are due to fledge 24-26 august so we are waiting for the news that fledglings have been seen, fingers crossed. Yesterday the main area of sightings was at the Draper hide with the second pair putting on a good show, the male especially sitting out on one of the branches showing off.

Recent sightings highlights include a love juvenile marsh harrier, green shank, common sandpiper, max count 7 green sand pipers, garganey, peregrine, tawny owl (on the Big Wild Sleep out), jersey tiger moths, painted lady and willow emerald damselflies. The ringers have even caught a passage tree pipit.

 We have an upcoming event with the ring group next weekend, follow the link for further information

Its coming up to the last week of the school holidays so do please make the most of this lovely weather and join us for some of the family activities we have laid on pond dipping or nature pirates trail (beware the kraken) both £2 each!

We hope to see you soon

(sorry issues uploading the pictures will try again later)