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This will be our 9th Annual Wildlife Festival  and there will be wildlife activities across the RX area. Some activities are free, but donations will be appreciated. Children are especially welcomed, but must be accompanied by an adult.

Programme of Events

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Saturday 25th May to Sunday 2nd June. Wildlife Art @ Avocet Gallery Rye Harbour. Some fantastic wildlife art including some stunning new watercolours and showing the winning work from this years RX Wildlife photo competition. And great tea and cake, click here for more...

Saturday 25th May. OPEN WOOD @ Mallydams RSPCA. Wildlife friendly gardens. 12 noon to 3.00pm (last entry 2.30pm).  Learn how to attract animals and insects in your garden whilst discovering the many benefits thay can bring. FREE EVENT - no booking required. 

Saturday 25th May & Sunday 26th May. SPRING FLING @ Romney Marsh Visitor Centre. Guided walks; kid's activities; honey spinning (from our own beehives); produce and plants for sale; tea/coffee; home made cakes and much more at Romney Marsh Visitor Centre and the Marsh Community Garden Dymchurch Road, New Romney, Kent TN28 8AY. See KWT website for times etc.

Saturday May 25th Coastal Plants @ Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. 10.30am - 12.30pm (2 miles). Find out how the Reserve’s shingle plants cope with their dry, windy and salty environment!  Meet at Rye Harbour car park. Donations appreciated.

Sunday 26th May - Dawn Chorus with National Trust @ Winchelsea. 4am to  6.30am. Meet: lay-by near Wickham Manor Farm entrance. Bacon Butty and mug of tea breakfast. £5. Booking essential 01797 229542.

Monday 27th May - Creepy Crawlies @ Rye Harbour. 2pm to 3.30pm. Join the warden, Chris, in a hunt for spiders, bugs, beetles and other minibeasts hiding from view. Booking essential on rhnroffice@sussexwt.org.uk or 01797 227784. Meet at Lime Kiln Cottage Information Centre. Charge: £2 per child

Tuesday 28th May -  Children’s Birdwatching @ Rye Harbour. 2pm to 4pm.  There should be thousands of birds to see on our main breeding pools, and we will be looking out for their chicks too! Suitable for accompanied children aged over 5. Booking essential on rhnroffice@sussexwt.org.uk or 01797 227784. Meet at Rye Harbour car park. Charge: £3 per child.

Wednesday 29th May -  Marine Roadshow @ Rye Harbour. 11am - 3pm. The Sussex Wildlife Trust Marine Roadshow is coming to Rye Harbour Nature Reserve! Join us for fun arts and crafts and beach activities. Meet Claude the friendly hermit crab and find out what's living in our seas.

Wednesday 29th May - Evening Birds and Birdsong at Toot Rock. 7-9pm. Meet by the concrete road leading to Toot Rock at the west end of Pett Level. TQ894 138. Listen in to scrub and wetland species and learn about conservation work on land owned by the Pett Level Preservation Trust. Led by Cliff Dean.

Wednesday 29th May -   Land Rover Safari @ Rye Harbour.  11-1, 2-4 or 7-9pm. Enjoy being driven around the Nature Reserve by warden Chris who will point out many things of interest. Will we see the “Big 5” – Bittern, Marsh Harrier, Little Tern, Avocet and Mediterranean Gull? Booking essential as places are limited: rhnroffice@sussexwt.org.uk or 01797 227784. Meet at Rye Harbour car park. Charge: £5 per person.

Thursday 30th May - Afternoon Tea Walk.  1 – 4pm. A guided walk around the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve followed by tea and cake at the Avocet Gallery and Tea Room in Rye Harbour village. Booking essential on rhnroffice@sussexwt.org.uk or 01797 227784. Meet at Rye Harbour car park. Charge: £8 per person (including tea and cake).

Thursday 30th May - Monkey-Do: wild play up in the trees @ Mallydams RSPCA. 1pm to 6pm. Monkey-Do will be installing an aerial adventure play area in the wood using rope swings, industrial safety nets and webbing attachments amongst the trees. This is truly wild play for all ages and an event not to be missed! See the Monkey-Do website for a taste of what's in store! Please call 0300 123 0750 or email anna.herrieven@rspca.org.uk for more details.

Friday 31st May -  Shrimping @ Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. 10 – 11.30am. Search the shallow sea for shrimps, crabs and flatfish. Please wear footwear and clothing suitable for paddling/wading in the sea. Booking essential.    Meet at Lime Kiln Cottage Information Centre. Charge: £2 per child.

Saturday 1st June -  An Introduction to Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. 10am to 12pm. The second in our series of introductory walks will take us through Castle Farm, past Camber Castle to visit Castle Water. Meet at Brede Lock. Donations appreciated.

Sunday 2nd June - Moth Trap Morning @ Fairlight. CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF MOTHS!  Join local naturalist, Alan Parker, as he opens the moth trap to reveal some of the myriad (!) of moths which were flying in Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve the previous night.

Sunday 2nd June - A Wildlife Walk Around Dungeness Point. A gentle walk to see the characteristic shingle wildlife which can be found on the Dungeness National Nature Reserve. Bird migration is at a peak and the flowers and insects will be making the Point a colourful spectacle. Hopefully we will see porpoises feeding offshore as we stroll around the tip. Suggested donation £2 appreciated. LEADER: Owen Leyshon, Romney Marsh Countryside Partnership (01797 367934 or 07770 670316). MEET: Old Lighthouse car park, Dungeness Road, Dungeness (TR 088 167) – Sat Nav – TN29 9NB. DISTANCE: 2 miles (2.5 hours). GRADE: 3 (Walking on some sections of shingle).

Sunday 2nd June - Summer Wildlife at Dungeness. Guided visit to this unique area for wild flowers, invertebrates and birds. Led by  Fred Booth. Meet at Dungeness RSPB Visitor Centre, Dungeness, near Lydd TN29 9PN. 10am-4pm. OS map ref: TR 068185. Charge for non-RSPB members. No dogs allowed. Mostly shingle and gravel paths. Sturdy footwear, packed lunch required. Sun protection may be needed. Booking required. For details contact Geoff Orton 07788 102238 or email geofforton@hotmail.com

Sunday 2nd June - Bumblebee Day @ Romney Marsh. From 11am. Come to Romney Marsh Visitor Centre for this free family event and find out about these important insects. There will be self-led trails and craft activities for children. Join Dr Nikki Gammans from the Bumblebee Conservation Trust for a short walk on Romney Warren Reserve and learn to identify some of the species on site; find out about how they live and hear about the reintroduction of the short-haired bumblebee at Dungeness. Children’s activities available from 11am - 3.30pm. Guided walk 2-3pm (booking recommended, please call  01797 369487).

Sunday 2nd June - History of Camber Castle. The castle will be open for a guided tour at 2pm; it can be accessed across fields from Rye or Winchelsea Beach (no vehicular access). Meet at Camber Castle. Entry fees apply: £3 adults, £1.50 concessions, accompanied children free.