• Kingfisher update 20 July 2018

    Unexpected reports coming in this morning, the second brood of kingfishers have fledged! Adults seen passing fish to another bird in the bushes and coming out of the burrow still with fish, at least 2 seen exiting burrow one after the other. Seems our calculations were a bit out.

    • 20 Jul 2018
  • Kingfisher update 19 July 2018

    Great news, the Kingfishers are incubating the 3rd brood! A change over has been seen today, so by my calculations hatching should be 7-9 August. The second brood is not due to fledged until 23-25 July so our pair are going to be kept busy for the next few days.

    • 19 Jul 2018
  • Update July 2018

    Hello all

    News you will all be interested  in! The Kingfishers are very active feeding young of the second brood. A few days ago they were joined by another pair which did not go down well, after a bit of a ruckus, our pair saw off the competition. Yesterday all was back to normal with the adults active despite the heat,bringing fish back very regularly and they even found time to think about the third brood and were…

    • 6 Jul 2018
  • A Bittern's Unusual Tale

    David White from RSPB Lakenheath Fen tells us all about a Bittern's unusual tale!


    The following blog post is based on a media release that was sent out this morning. 

    RSPB and British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) staff are celebrating the fact that a bittern that was taken into care and released at RSPB Rye Meads in Hertfordshire has been seen alive and well at RSPB Lakenheath Fen!

    Bitterns are scarce and secretive…

    • 13 Jun 2018
  • Reptilian Rumours

    Every naturalist has a species on their wildlife bucket list that is ‘the one that got away’. Time and time again you make it your mission to finally seek out this elusive creature, and time and time again you fail and are instead faced with “It was here a minute ago” or “Oh, you’ve just missed it”. You begin to feel that you are hunting a mythical beast and everyone else has seen the unicorn critter except you!…

    • 10 Jun 2018
  • Rye Meads Viewing Hub - What's happening now?

    During the months of February, March and April 2018 we embarked on a rather full consultation period to collect feedback and data about our visitors’ requirements for the new viewing hub. We used lots of different methods in order to collect as much data as possible, including surveys, focus groups, Q&A sessions, voting boards, comment boards and comment cards. A few dedicated volunteers even went off site, to Gunpowder…

    • 7 Jun 2018
  • Wader Movement

    Today we are having a nice treat with a lovely summer plumage grey plover and a ringed plover joining our regular little ringed pair, red shank and lapwing on the scrape.  A snipe put in  a brief appearance bringing the wader total to 6 for the day. Yesterdays brief appearance by an avocet sadly only seen by a few, was a lovely bonus too.

    Grey plover

    Ringed plover

    A Cuckoo has been showing nicely this morning on…

    • 25 May 2018
  • 13 April 2018 - is it spring yet?

    A quick update of recent sightings

    A feeling of spring is in the air today! A mad dash down to the Gadwall hide to catch up with a freshly arrived pair of garganey was accompanied by singing willow warbler, chiffchaff, blackcap, reed and sedge warbler. After managing to miss a lot of the recent spring passage namely spotted redshank, curlew, little gull another curlew, yellow wagtail, to name a few, I was pleased to…

    • 13 Apr 2018
  • Exciting news!

    Exciting news! We’re currently working on a new project to replace the well-used Kingfisher Hide with a more fit for purpose viewing hub.

    For over 20 years the current hide has offered visitors fantastic views of kingfishers and other wildlife – now the building is suffering from wet rot, encroachment of vegetation and showing signs of water ingress. Regular inspections suggest that the hide won’t be safe for visitors…

    • 13 Feb 2018
  • Recent Sighting 21 January 2018

    Hi All

    A first for Rye Meads over the last couple of weeks! As we have seen the formation of a large gull (Herring, lesser and greater black back etc) roost from the Gadwall hide. This has coincided with the abandonment of HMWT Amwell by the large gull roost, which as drawn in some nice rarities such as caspian gull, so fingers crossed for us.  Friday 19th evening roost consisted of 74 Great lack back, 110 Herring, 60…

    • 21 Jan 2018
  • Recent Sightings 21 January 2018

    Hi All

    A first for Rye Meads over the last couple of weeks! As we have seen the formation of a large gull (Herring, lesser and greater black back etc) roost from the Gadwall hide. This has coincided with the abandonment of HMWT Amwell by the large gull roost, which as drawn in some nice rarities such as caspian gull, so fingers crossed for us.  Friday 19th evening roost consisted of 74 Great lack back, 110 Herring, 60…

    • 21 Jan 2018
  • Friday closing in January and other news...

    Friday Closing

    Due to staff changes and recruiting and training new team members, Rye Meads will be closed on Fridays from the 1 January 2018.

    This closure will continue into February and  the end date will remain flexible until we are sure of recruitment.

    We will keep you posted on any updates and appreciate your understanding.

    Job vacancy

    We are looking for a seasonal Learning Assistant (1 March – 31 October)…

    • 16 Dec 2017
  • Exciting job opportunities at Rye Meads...

    We have not one, but two amazing job opportunities at Rye Meads!

    We are looking for a part time Learning Officer to lead our Schools on Reserves programme, which aims to give children a chance to experience nature first-hand through curriculum linked sessions. Typical activities include pond dipping, bird watching and minibeast hunting.

    We are also looking for a full time Visitor Experience Manager, who will ensure…

    • 16 Nov 2017
  • Reserve Closed Wednesday 20 September

    It is with great sadness that we have had to say goodbye to a true friend and kind man. Rye Meads will be closed on Wednesday, 20 September 2017, while we attend the funeral of Derrick Ling. A wonderful, talented, and knowledgeable man who gave so much of himself to Rye Meads, we will miss him.

    During his 40 years volunteering he was an integral part of Rye Meads, devoting time and energy, not to mention a bit of blood…

    • 13 Sep 2017
  • Update 4 September 2017

    Hi All

    A quick heads up for anyone visiting this week, the work parties will be busy around the Gadwall hide. We will be  clearing vegetation around the hide and on the islands, so there will be disturbance to the lagoon.

    Thanks for your understanding

    • 5 Sep 2017
  • Rye Meads updates...

    So August has been a month of showers, sun and lots of Kingfisher activity!  

    The first thing to mention is that from Thursday 31st August, our main reception will be moved into the classrooms in the visitor centre, while we have a refit.  We expect this diversion to take place for a few weeks - signs will be on site to direct you.  

    We also now have a card machine, so if you sometimes feel like you need to scrabble in…

    • 30 Aug 2017
  • Recent Sightings Update 7 August 2017

    We're two thirds of the way into 2017 now and the Kingfishers look determined to go for broke and squeeze in one last brood before the breeding season comes to an end. Their second brood of 5 youngsters fledged on the 27th (they already had 5 in their first brood back at the end of May, so they're doing well), and since then the adults have been seen mating repeatedly on several occasions; with a bit of luck they'll be…

    • 7 Aug 2017
  • The Big Wild (soggy) Sleepout at Rye Meads!

    A spot of rain did nothing to dampen anyone’s spirits at Rye Meads Big Wild Sleepout. The evening was filled with arts and crafts, pond dipping, mini-beasting, a late night walking safari, bat detection, marshmallow roasting and even a bit of campfire singsong. When asked to pick a personal highlight one young guest claimed “I liked everything!” It may have involved more sleeping under the rain than the stars but his…

    • 2 Aug 2017
  • Today 27 July 2017

    Hi All

    A quick update for today. The second brood of kingfishers are fledging today, 5 seen so far and they are hanging around in the trees at the nesting bank, woohooo.  Lovely stuff, the pair have already started investigating a new bank so all go for brood number 3.

    Also about this week common sandpiper, eclipse drake garganey, little ringed plover, little egret, oystercatcher, lots of juv warblers, black headed…

    • 27 Jul 2017
  • Rye Road Engineering Works

    Good Morning!

    We've been advised that there are going to be roadworks happening along part of Rye Road starting from 7 August 2017 (south west of the junction with Bosanquet Road), and that the works should take 18 months to complete. From the descitption of the county order, the works involve the replacement of an existing sewer cover.

    Alternate routes to the reserve are via Fishermans Way, Pindar Road, Essex…
    • 25 Jul 2017
  • Update 18 July 2017

    After their first lot of young fledged in June, we've been thrilled to see that our resident pair of kingfishers have successfully hatched their second brood for the year at the beginning of the month! They've been diligently taking food in and out of the nest, so hopefully we should have another large healthy group ready to fly in a couple of weeks time.

    Most of the black headed gulls and their chicks have started…

    • 18 Jul 2017