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Wild Rye: Discover Our Wetland Wildlife

Bittern in Winter


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In 2001 English Nature awarded Rye Harbour Nature Reserve a grant for a project totalling £15,000 that helped volunteers to participate in its management.

Our project was called:

Volunteers make a difference at Rye Harbour Local Nature Reserve

Volunteers provide information to visitors

To improve the quality of information offered to visitors by volunteers at Lime Kiln Cottage Information Centre we developed the following;

  • touch screen, digital video camera and remote camera - to provide electronic information at Lime Kiln Cottage Information Centre
  • colour guide to LNR - 20,000 copies to distribute from Lime Kiln Cottage Information Centre and at events.
  • display stands, leaflet dispensers.

Volunteers help to manage special habitats

To improve the transport, tools and training available to volunteers on our regular workparties.

  • tools: for weeding islands, controlling sallow invading reedbeds, collecting litter, maintaining fences, controlling thistles and ragwort.
  • training: to improve volunteer safety and effectiveness.

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