If you’re looking for a coastal trip, seaside walk or to explore the military history of the area, then Rye Harbour is a great choice. It’s just nineteen miles from Beech Estate Campsite and will give you an amazing day out experiencing the wildlife and many miles of path that the reserve has to offer.
The Rye Harbour Nature Reserve is run by Sussex Wildlife Trust. It was voted as Britain’s favourite nature reserve in 2016. As well as this, it’s a Site of Specific Scientific Interest, a Special Protection Area for birds, a Special Area of Conservation and a Ramsar site(takes account of its importance as a wetland on an international scale).
Wildlife at the reserve
The reserve is 1149 acres of generally flat and low lying land. You can enjoy the wildlife all day along many miles of path with five birdwatching hide. Rye Harbour is famous for it’s bird life, in particular it’s breeding colonies of little, common and Sandwich terns. As well as birds, you’re likely to experience an abundance of coastal plant life, the invertebrates that this brings and marsh frog which can be heard croaking all summer long. At night the reserve is alive with life with badgers, foxes and bats.
Go for a walk
The reserve also offer free, short and friendly walks every Wednesday at 10.15am. These usually last between one and two hours, to give you a taste of coastal wildlife through the changing seasons. Refreshments are often offered after your walk.
Why not make a day out of it and visit Camber Castle, which lies in the nature reserve between Rye and Winchelsea?