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Wild Rye: Discover Our Wetland Wildlife

Black-tailed Skimmer dragonfly


Better habitat = more birds

The New Year is a good time to reflect on the long term changes in the wildlife that we are managing. It’s also the time to start writing our annual report for the Environment Agency land which forms the southern part of the Nature Reserve and is leased to Sussex Wildlife Trust.
In the graphs below three periods have been chosen and the mean monthly peak counts of birds for those years plotted. It is clear that there has been an increase in numbers of these birds… and the habitat is still getting better every year!
1995-2002 = the years when Rye Harbour farm was arable and the electric fences on the Beach Reserve were not so effective.
2003-11 = arable ceased when EA bought the farm for the sea defence improvements and the new fences provided safer roosting sites, especially for Golden Plover and several new pits were created to build the new sea defence.
2012-14 = after the sea was let in to recreate the saltmarsh habitat and many new islands were created.