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Rye Harbour

Notable sightings over the last few days have included Dartford warbler behind Ternery Pool, black-necked grebe and up to six ruff on Ternery Pool itself (with at least one additional black-necked grebe on Long Pit occasionally), adult male red-breasted merganser on Flat Beach and regular great white egret at Castle Water and on Narrow Pit. There are still good numbers of golden plover around on the Beach Reserve and Harbour Farm, with up 2000 present in the last few days, along with several hundred lapwing and smaller numbers of black-tailed godwit, bar-tailed godwit, knot, grey plover and dunlin. This avian 'smorgasbord' has attracted the attention of several species of raptor, with marsh harrier, peregrine and sparrowhawk all recorded here in the last few days.


Seal Appeal

We know you all love seals and if you want to find out more the Iden and District Natural History Society has a talk on Friday January 12th, 7.30 pm at Iden Village Hall, entitled "Seal Appeal" by Stephen Marsh (not the whales talk as advertised). Visitors £3.


Rye Harbour

Highlights over the last few days have been perhaps two adult male red-breasted merganser on the Beach Reserve (with birds seen on Ternery Pool and the Quarry), black-necked grebe on Ternery Pool and great white egret and marsh harrier at Castle Water. There was also another sighting of Dartford warbler on 28th December (photo by Ian Stewart who also saw and photographed one nearby in late November). Still good numbers of golden plover with around 1500-2000 on Flat Beach Level, while up to 225 curlew have been seen leaving the roost on the new saltmarsh opposite Lime Kiln Cottage.

The best of the bunch  have been five black-throated diver (along with many red-throated diver) and 12 velvet scoter seen offshore on the 2nd by Mike Russell.


Rye Harbour Events

Many of the wildlife events run on and around the reserve are listed in the What's On 2018 booklet that can be downloaded by clicking here. The first walk will be...

New Years Day Walk with a Warden - Monday, 1st January 2018 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Burn off some of those festive calories with a birdwatching walk around our shortest circular route – taking in 3 bird watching hides, saltmarsh and the beach. Meet at Rye Harbour village car park TN31 7TX.

There are also regular Wednesday Walks.



Christmas on the Clifftop

A westerly gale this morning put paid to our usual Christmas  walk along the clifftop, so it was seawatching in comfort throgh the window instead.

Despite the rough conditions, the usual suspects were on offer, going west were 67 auks, 31 Red Throated Divers -many now in breeding plumage-and 77 Gannets , in 2 hours.  Also a few Fulmars, a lone Kittiwake and a Great Skua.

Yesterday , variety was provided by 3 Velvet Scoters going west-don't see those from the Clifftop very often.