Our vision

Rye Harbour is one of the most spectacular places in Britain to see wildlife in all its wonder. But to look after it we need your help.

Discover Rye Harbour is an exciting new Project to bring to life the huge diversity of habitats, creatures and plants that make our nature reserve so special – and help keep it that way for future generations.

At the heart of the Project will be our new Discovery Centre, a low-impact, purpose-built facility so the 350,000 visitors who come to the reserve every year can learn about, see and engage with the amazing wildlife we have here. But the Project will do much more.

With over 4,200 different species of plants and animals and other creatures, the reserve is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. What’s more, many of them are rare or endangered, their traditional habitats under pressure from development, farming or pesticides, and their numbers in decline.

So, the Project isn’t just about helping people see and learn about the amazing wildlife in our region, it’s also about helping us all to continue to look after it. There will be fascinating exhibitions; talks, walks and fun activities for people of all ages to take part in; education programmes for schools and colleges; and new programmes for volunteers to get stuck into conserving habitats for wild species or recording bird numbers.

As a new destination for the region, we’ll be working with the whole of Rye Harbour to make sure everyone in the area benefits from the visitors who come to stay, eat, drink and enjoy themselves here.

And with a viewing café to relax in and shop to browse in our new Discovery Centre, we hope it may generate some funds to keep looking after this precious site even more effectively in the future.

We know people love this place just as much as we do – and that’s why we want to do even more to make everyone’s visit really special. So please consider donating to support this Project, to help keep Rye Harbour Nature Reserve wild for years to come >> Donate here

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