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  • 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.

  • We interview wildlife artist Bob Greenhalf

    We interview wildlife artist Bob Greenhalf

    Wonderful wildlife artist Bob Greenhalf is a great supporter of the Discovery Centre, is designing the mural for the Buy-a-Bird contributors, and is donating half his profits from a beautiful print of Rye Harbour to the project. We speak to him about his work

  • Q&A with Emma Forward, Head of Facilities & Premises

    Q&A with Emma Forward, Head of Facilities & Premises

    We ask new Head of Facilities and Premises Emma Forward about her new role with Sussex Wildlife Trust and the Discovery Centre, and what’s she’s most looking forward to when the centre opens.

  • We welcome Frank Gardner, President of the British Trust for Ornithology

    We welcome Frank Gardner, President of the British Trust for Ornithology

    ‘I am so pleased to see that this new Discovery Centre not only enjoys picture window views over the ever-changing scenery of Rye Harbour, but its planners have been kind enough to make it fully accessible. For wheelchair users like me, and for families with prams, this makes a huge difference. Thank you!’

  • Hastings Rambling Club supports the Discovery Centre

    Hastings Rambling Club supports the Discovery Centre

    Sussex Wildlife Trust is very grateful to the members of the Hastings Ramblers Club for their recent kind donation to the Discovery Centre.

    Hastings Ramblers often visit Rye Harbour Nature Reserve and are looking forward to trying out our new visitor centre.

    We spoke to Committee Member Ivor Blunt, who has been coming to the reserve for decades, and remembers when “Dr Barry” started work here 35 years ago.

  • Windows onto Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

    Windows onto Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

    As the huge glass panels began being installed in the Discovery Centre, we got much more of a sense of what the building will look like when it’s completed.

    Baxall Construction have brought in the Sealtite Group for this, so we spoke to Will Chan, their Business Development Manager.

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