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Wild Rye: Discover Our Wetland Wildlife

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Dates for your diary

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve's Event Leaflet

Our What’s On 2015 leaflet is available by clicking here (1.2MB download)

August 2015

Wed 05 August 2015 @ 13:30

Minibeasts

Bring the family to find out about the weird and wonderful world of minibeasts. Approx 1 mile.
Suitable for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Meet at Rye Harbour car park. 13:30 – 15:00.
Booking is essential.
£3 per child.

Sun 09 August 2015 @ 10:00

Caught in a trap!

Another chance to find out about the huge variety of moths we find at the nature reserve when Chris opens the moth trap.
Meet at Lime Kiln Cottage Information Centre. Wheelchair accessible.
No booking necessary. Donations appreciated.

Tue 11 August 2015 @ 14:30

Rockpool Ramble

Explore the shore at Pett Level with a search in the rockpools for fascinating marine creatures.
Please wear wellies or shoes suitable for paddling in the sea.
14:00 – 16:00.
Suitable for accompanied children aged 4-12.
Meet alongside the Smugglers Inn at Pett Level, TN35 4EH.
Booking is essential.
£3 per child.

Wed 12 August 2015 @ 14:30

Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud

Explore the saltmarsh looking for crabs and minibeasts hiding in the mud. Wellies and old clothes advisable!
Suitable for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Meet at Lime Kiln Cottage Information Centre. 14:30 – 16:00.
Booking is essential.
£3 per child.

Thu 13 August 2015 @ 14:00

Pond Dipping at Castle Water

A walk through the nature reserve to Castle Water to find out what wildlife lurks amongst the reeds.
Suitable for accompanied children aged 4-12 (must be able to walk 1.2 miles across fields to Castle Water).
Meet at Brede Lock. 14:00 – 16:00.
Booking is essential.
£3 per child.

Tue 18 August 2015 @ 10:00

Wild Art

Art and Crafts on the beach using natural materials.
Suitable for all ages.
Meet at Lime Kiln Cottage Information Centre. 10:00 – 12:00.
No booking necessary. Donations appreciated.

Thu 20 August 2015 @ 10:00

Rockpool Ramble

Explore the rockpools at Pett Level and search for fascinating marine life.
Please wear wellies or shoes suitable for paddling in the sea.
Suitable for accompanied children aged 4-12.
Meet alongside the Smugglers Inn on Pett Level Road, TN35 4EH.
10:00 – 11:30.
Booking is essential.
£3 per child.

Fri 21 August 2015 @ 10:00

Shrimping

Use our shrimp nets to catch shrimps, crabs and flat fish in the sea at low tide. Please wear shoes and clothes suitable for paddling in the water.
Meet at Lime Kiln Cottage Information Centre. 14:00 – 16:00.
Suitable for accompanied children aged 5 and over.
Booking is essential.
£3 per child.

Sun 23 August 2015 @ 18:30

Birds, Bugs and Bats

Join the Sussex Wildlife Trust and Sussex Ornithological Society for an evening stroll around the nature reserve with a closer look at some nocturnal creatures.
Approx 2 miles.
Meet at Rye Harbour car park. 18:30 – dusk.
Booking is essential.
£3 per person.

Tue 25 August 2015 @ 10:00

Treasure Trail

Follow a map and clues to complete the trail and win a prize. Approx 2 miles.
Suitable for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Drop-in to Lime Kiln Cottage Information Centre to pick up your trail sheet any time between 10:00 – 13:00.
£2 per trail sheet.

Fri 28 August 2015 @ 10:00

Wild Woodland Holiday Club

A whole day of holiday fun at Swallowtail Hill as we mark the end of the summer with woodcrafts, campfire cooking and lots of fun and games at our Forest School site.
Bring a packed lunch.
Suitable for ages 6-11. Parents/carers do not accompany children.
Meet at Swallowtail Hill Farm. 10:00 – 15:00.
Booking is essential.
£20 per child (£17 for members of Sussex Wildlife Trust).

To find out more about Wild Woodland Club please visit the Swallowtail Hill website.

Sat 29 August 2015 @ 10:00

Wild Woodland Weekend Club

Monthly adventures in the woods for Wild Things aged 6-11; parents not allowed!
Build dens, cook on a campfire, play in the mud, learn some woodcrafts and play games.
Each month is a little different and a lot of fun!
Held in a private woodland in Beckley, just outside of Rye.
Meet at Swallowtail Hill Farm, 10:00 – 13:00.
Booking is essential.
£10 per child (£8.50 for members of Sussex Wildlife Trust).

To find out more about Wild Woodland Club please visit the Swallowtail Hill website.

Sun 30 August 2015 @ 14:00

Family Pond Dipping and Birdwatching at Castle Water

Come and hunt for water-beetles, backswimmers and leeches in our ditches, and then look for terns, gulls, ducks and waders from our birdwatching hide. Pond dipping nets and binoculars provided. Approx 2.5 miles
Suitable for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Meet at Brede Lock. 14:00 – 16:30.
No booking necessary.
Donations appreciated.

September 2015

Sat 05 September 2015 @ 09:00

Autumn Migration Watch

A walk around the salt marshes and beach to look for movements of seabirds, waders re-fuelling on the pools, and perhaps some raptors.
Approx 3 miles.
Meet at Rye Harbour car park. 09:00 – 12:00.
No booking necessary.
Donations appreciated.

Fri 11 September 2015 @ 08:00

Marine Conservation Society's Big Beachwatch Weekend

This weekend is the 22nd annual Big Beach Clean – look out for local events.
Marine Conservation Society website

Sun 13 September 2015 @ 10:00

Castle Water Wildlife Walk

A circular walk looking at wildlife in the fields and ditches around Camber Castle and visiting the bird hide at Castle Water. Approx 2.5 miles.
Meet at Brede Lock. 10:00 – 13:00.
No booking necessary. Donations appreciated.

Sat 19 September 2015 @ 10:00

Wild Woodland Weekend Club

Monthly adventures in the woods for Wild Things aged 6-11; parents not allowed!
Build dens, cook on a campfire, play in the mud, learn some woodcrafts and play games.
Each month is a little different and a lot of fun!
Held in a private woodland in Beckley, just outside of Rye.
Meet at Swallowtail Hill Farm, 10:00 – 13:00.
Booking is essential.
£10 per child (£8.50 for members of Sussex Wildlife Trust).

To find out more about Wild Woodland Club please visit the Swallowtail Hill website.

Sun 27 September 2015 @ 06:00

RX Bird Race

Help raise money for the nature reserve and RSPCA Mallydams Wood by taking part in our sponsored birdwatch. How many birds can you see in one day?
Details at www.RXwildlife.info or email rhnroffice@sussexwt.org.uk or telephone 01797 227784.

October 2015

Sat 10 October 2015 @ 09:00

Autumn Migration Watch

Join the warden in a search for warblers in the bushes, waders on the islands and wagtails overhead. Approx 3 miles.
Meet at Brede Lock. 09:00 – 12:00.
No booking necessary.
Donations appreciated.

Sat 17 October 2015 @ 14:30

Nature's Curiosities

Part of the Friends Winter Talk series. Colin Page, local naturalist and member of the Rye Camera Club, gives a beautifully illustrated talk on some more curious aspects of nature in the Rye Bay area.
Winchelsea Beach Community Hall, 2.30pm.
Donations appreciated, open to all.

Sat 24 October 2015 @ 13:00

Castle Water Wildlife Walk

A circular walk looking at wildlife in the fields and ditches around Camber Castle and visiting the bird hide at Castle Water. Approx 2.5 miles.
Meet at Brede Lock. 13:00 – 16:00.
No booking necessary. Donations appreciated.

Wed 28 October 2015 @ 13:30

Explore the Shore

Family fun on the beach with a scavenger hunt, games, crafts and hot chocolate.
Approx 1.5 miles.
Suitable for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Meet at Lime Kiln Cottage Information Centre. 13:30 – 15:30
Booking essential.
£3 per child.

Thu 29 October 2015 @ 14:30

Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud

Search in the muddy saltmarsh for crabs, sea slaters and sandhoppers – wellies and old clothes advisable!
Suitable for all ages.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Meet at Lime Kiln Cottage Information Centre.
14:30-16:00.
Booking is essential.
£3 per child.

Fri 30 October 2015 @ 10:00

Wild Woodland Holiday Club

A whole day of spooktacular fun for Halloween at Swallowtail Hill with pumpkins, besom brooms, twig skeletons and some campfire cooking.
Bring a packed lunch.
Suitable for ages 6 -11. Parents/carers do not accompany children.
Meet at Swallowtail Hill Farm
10am – 3pm.
Booking is essential.
£20 per child (£17 for members of Sussex Wildlife Trust).

To find out more about Wild Woodland Club please visit the Swallowtail Hill website.

Sat 31 October 2015 @ 10:00

Wild Woodland Weekend Club

Monthly adventures in the woods for Wild Things aged 6-11; parents not allowed!
Build dens, cook on a campfire, play in the mud, learn some woodcrafts and play games.
Each month is a little different and a lot of fun!
Held in a private woodland in Beckley, just outside of Rye.
Meet at Swallowtail Hill Farm, 10:00 – 13:00.
Booking is essential.
£10 per child (£8.50 for members of Sussex Wildlife Trust).

To find out more about Wild Woodland Club please visit the Swallowtail Hill website.

November 2015

Sun 15 November 2015 @ 10:30

Winter Bird Identification

A chance to get to grips with a good variety of winter visitors: wildfowl, waders, finches and raptors, with a circular walk visiting 3 birdwatching hides, salt marshes and the beach.
Approx 3 miles.
Meet at Rye Harbour car park. 10:30 – 13:00
No booking necessary.
Donations appreciated.

Sat 21 November 2015 @ 14:30

Freshwater Fish of Britain

Part of the Friends’ Winter Talk series.
Over fifty species of fish swim below our water, but how many can you name? Jack Perks will talk to us about many of them, and show some of his stunning underwater photography.
Meet at Winchelsea Beach Community Hall, 2.30pm. Donations appreciated, open to all.

Sat 28 November 2015 @ 10:00

Wild Woodland Weekend Club

Monthly adventures in the woods for Wild Things aged 6-11; parents not allowed!
This will be our last gathering of the Wild Things for 2015 so come along and have some festive fun making woodland reindeer and Christmas wreaths whilst keeping warm with hot chocolate around the campfire.
Meet at Swallowtail Hill Farm, 10:00 – 13:00.
Booking is essential.
£10 per child (£8.50 for members of Sussex Wildlife Trust).

To find out more about Wild Woodland Club please visit the Swallowtail Hill website.

December 2015

Sat 05 December 2015 @ 10:00

Festive Beach Clean

A clean-up of rubbish washed up along the beach by autumn storms, plus the chance to see many wintering birds. Your efforts will be rewarded with hot soup at Lime Kiln Cottage afterwards. Bring work gloves if you have them.
Meet at Rye Harbour car park. 10:00 – 13:00
No booking necessary.