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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.


Pett Level

The pools were particularly quiet with no Teal or Shoveler present. Little Grebe however made double figures and there were still about 400 Wigeon present. A Great White Egret at the water's edge of the roadside pool was probably the highlight. The reedbeds held Bearded Tit, Cetti's Warbler and a squeeling Water Rail.

The levels themselves had a smattering on Lapwing and Curlew. There were also 16 Ruff present including a very white bird. There were two Peregrine sat on the grass in the mid distance.

At sea there were a few fishing adult Gannet and several Red-throated Diver. I could only find 17 Common Scoter.


Back to the Clifftop

We have been away in India for a couple of weeks, neatly missing some chilly weather when it was apparently possible to make a snowman on the clifftop. A brief look at the sea yesterday revealed 28 Red Throated Divers fishing close inshore. A visit to East Guldeford Levels showed that the large areas of stubble there continue to support good numbers of farmland birds, notably 185 Skylarks; two Lapland Buntings were with some of these.


A new marine SPA for the whole of the RX Coast

There has been a marine extension to the Dungeness, Romney Marsh and Rye Bay Special Protection Area (SPA), so that it now covers 424 square kilometres to include the feeding areas of seabirds nesting within the SPA - Sandwich, Common and Little Terns