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Wild Rye: Discover Our Wetland Wildlife

Bittern in Winter


The Nature Reserve depends on a big team of volunteers for the success that we have achieved. Contact Us if you would like to help. There are 3 main types of volunteering.


A lot of practical work is done on our workparties. You can help with the management of the Nature Reserve, finding places and wildlife that you may not otherwise see. These are not now held on a regular basis, but contact us to go on the workparty list and we will let you know when workparties are taking place. Meet at Rye Harbour car park at 10am, return about 3pm. Bring old, warm clothing, work gloves, boots, lunch, a hot drink and a good sense of humour. Tasks include:

  • weeding islands for nesting seabirds;
  • building up islands to increase area for nesting birds;
  • planting reeds to establish reedbeds;
  • cutting willows to maintain reedbeds;
  • collecting litter blown in from the sea;
  • removing Ragwort to maintain grassland;
  • maintaining footpaths and fences…


Beach Watch

From May to July we have a team of volunteers who help the wardens to keep a constant watch over the reserve to help safeguard the nesting birds and also to give information to visitors. Volunteers patrol the beach reserve for 3 or 4 hours overlooking the main areas for nesting birds. tern watch caravan on shore

Information Centre

We try to open Lime Kiln Cottage from 10am to 5pm every day to provide information to visitors and sell them a few things. It is a small, but friendly place that introduced 20,000 visitors to the nature reserve, last year. Lime Kiln Cottage