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 and get your daily dose of fresh air


Here's a quick summary of what is open for now:

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

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

Trails open (9am-4pm)

Toilets open (10am-4pm)

Take away refreshments available to purchase, card payment preferred

Hides closed

Reserve remains closed on Saturdays

Please note: Rye Meads will be closed 24, 25, 26 Dec and 4 and 5 Jan.


When visiting us please observe current guidance around social distancing, maximum group sizes of 6, hygiene and follow all signage on-site.

We ask that all visitors, except those who are exempt from doing so, please wear a face-covering while in our toilets.

Access restrictions - New River Bridge closed until 24 December. Pedestrian walkway available for access. The diversion for vehicles takes you down Essex Road, Pindar Road, Normandy Way and Fishermans way.