Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

For Nature-Lovers, Walkers and Birdwatchers, Rye Harbour Nature Reserve is literally just outside the front door – it is over 1000 acres of SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) with shingle ridges, saline lagoons, saltmarsh, reedbed, pits and grassland containing over 4,500 species of plants and animals. The Reserve protects the rich and varied flora and fauna. You can follow one of the many footpaths through the Reserve, (there are maps in our rooms to help you plan your route), stopping off at any of the five bird watching hides to watch some of the thousands of birds that visit every year. If you need any help in identifying what you have seen, call in to the Information Centre where the friendly staff will be able to help you.

If you have a few minutes please watch the video below – there is some amazing drone footage of the Reserve that always stuns us even though we live here.


As ‘The Shingle Shore’ book says: “The reserve offers a great range of environments for the visitor to explore. From saltmarsh to vegetated shingle ridges, gravel pits to saline lagoons and reed beds to coastal grazing marsh, there’s something for everyone. This is, without question, a very special place.”