With kingfishers nesting once again, we just wanted to remind everyone of the requirements for the usage of the Kingfisher Hub. Many thanks to everyone who has visited us over the last few weeks and has followed these requirements - your support is appreciated in ensuring a positive experience for all our visitors at RSPB Rye Meads.
Last year we were delighted to see two active pairs, and despite the drama of losing a male from the hub pair we still successfully fledged 4 broods. It appears we're on track for similar success in 2022! These measures are designed to allow as many people as possible to see and learn about our kingfishers while ensuring minimal disturbance and considering the safety of our visitors. A member of the team will be on hand as much as possible to facilitate your viewing experience.
From 1st March 2022, the following will apply until further notice:
We also ask that you:
All visitors must abide by these requirements and the code of conduct displayed or they may be asked to vacate the hub, or in extreme cases will be asked to leave the reserve
We will be running a series of VIP kingfisher events through the breeding season offering exclusive out of hours access, room for use of tripods, and use of the low-level photography slots. We time these events to coincide with peak activity from the kingfishers and therefore can’t predict dates in advance, so keep any eye on our social media and website for dates and booking information.
We look forward to seeing you!
Visitor Experience Manager - RSPB Rye Meads
I enjoyed a couple of hours in the kingfisher hide on Wednesday (13th April) Whilst waiting for the kingfishers, I was delighted to see the teal and gadwall pairs as well.
Another fine Wednesday morning so back to the Kingfisher hub. The pair were active and here is another of my photos:
You can imagine the conversation: "I'm just off for a spot of fishing, See you soon" .... "OK dear, don't be too long - I'll keep an eye on the eggs"
After this I paid a first visit to the Amwell Nature Reserve which I would heartily recommend. It's just a short 5 minute drive away from Rye Meads and there is plenty to see from the paths and the hides. Many thanks to the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust for maintaining this reserve.
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