Day 17 – 30 Days Wild…

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve Walk…

 

Having lived in this part of the country all of my life I have just recently started to see how much of the natural world around me I have yet to explore fully. Living on the coast its easy to focus your attention on the sea and beaches but I am also very privileged to be surrounded by amazing countryside and conservation sites, one of which is only a short drive away.

So today I went for a guided walk with the Sussex Wildlife Trust around one of the most important conservation sites in Britain. Rye Harbour Nature Reserve has been recognised as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Protection Area for birds under the EU Birds Directive, a Special Area of Conservation under the EU Habitats Directive and a Ramsar site that takes account of its importance as a wetland on an international scale.

The walk explored the north of the reserve, near to Rye and started at Brede Lock. We walked through Castle Farm to Camber Castle…

We were lucky to be part of a guided walk that included a visit inside Camber Castle which is an English Heritage site. The castle was built by Henry VIII to protect the Sussex coast against French attack and sits between Rye and Winchelsea – more info can be found here. It is pretty much a ruin, but of all the castle ruins I have seen, there is something a bit special about Camber which is now home to Peregrine’s and Jackdaws…

From the castle we walked along to the bird watching hide at Castle Water where we saw a great diversity of wild birds…

The morning was concluded with a very interesting walk back to Brede Lock with the flora and fauna putting on a good show…

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