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Wild Rye: Discover Our Wetland Wildlife

Black-tailed Skimmer dragonfly

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)

September 2015

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.