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    • We talk to Andy Dinsdale of Strandliners

      We talk to Andy Dinsdale of Strandliners

      Andy Dinsdale has lived in Fairlight all his life. He’s been a juggler, worked for an engineering firm is Executive Director of Strandliners, a Community Interest Company that seeks to make our rivers and seas cleaner. We speak to him at Pett Level, on a beautifully sunny February day, as the Fulmar fly overhead.

    • World Wetlands Day Walks

      World Wetlands Day Walks

      On Sunday 2nd February, Sussex Wildlife Trust led two guided, circular walks around the wetlands of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve - internationally designated as Ramsar wetlands. Twenty two people came on the morning walk, which started from Rye station. We were pleased that eight people arrived by train. We walked first to Camber Castle and then had lunch at the nearby hide, overlooking the freshwater of Castle Water. There were excellent views of Marsh Harrier and a variety of ducks, including Gadwall. Fourteen people came on the afternoon wal, which started from the car park at Rye Harbour and explored the saline wetlands.

    • We speak to Ian Nunn, Operations Manager for the Environment Agency

      We speak to Ian Nunn, Operations Manager for the Environment Agency

      Ian Nunn is Operations Manager for Kent, East Sussex and South London, covering flood and coastal risk management. His teams operate mainly coastal and flood defence assets (such as flood walls - the Thames Barrier). His commitment is to significantly reduce the risk of flooding and its impact to people, property and infrastructure. He enjoys creating, building and maintaining things that make a difference to people’s lives.

    • Ecopoetics Workshop with Kay Syrad and Clare Whistler

      Ecopoetics Workshop with Kay Syrad and Clare Whistler

      In February, we have a couple of visiting poets running a workshop here - Kay Syrad and Clare Whistler. Both experienced, published writers, they have also been co-running ‘ecopoetics’ workshops at Knepp, ONCA and the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival

    • Review of 2019 from Rye Harbour Nature Reserve - by Reserve Manager Dr Barry Yates

      Review of 2019 from Rye Harbour Nature Reserve - by Reserve Manager Dr Barry Yates

      Well that was a challenging year. The 50th year of the nature reserve was one of preparing the foundations - literally - for new and improved experiences for our visitors and volunteers with starting the Discovery Centre and a three year National Lottery Heritage Fund project called Discover Rye Harbour. Our latest visitor figures, for 2018, show that annual visitor numbers continue to increase with 356,310 visits estimated from hourly car park figures, which is a 4% increase on 2017 and a 66% increase since 2001! This is typical of most coastal countryside sites and reflects increased mobility and recreational time in our society and more people wanting to exercise in nature.

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