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Wild Rye: Discover Our Wetland Wildlife

Bittern in Winter

Wildlife in Depth – Birds

Most people visit the nature reserve to watch birds, and it is the birds where most management effort is concentrated.

Many birds occur here in nationally important numbers, such as Shoveler and Sanderling in the winter and breeding Little Tern, Sandwich Tern and Mediterranean Gull.

In the birdwatching hides at Ternery Pool there are some species information sheets that are reproduced here for download.

Shelduck download here.

Tufted Duck download here.

Shoveler download here.

Little Tern download here.

Common Tern download here.

Sandwich Tern download here.

Oystercatcher download here.

Lapwing download here.

Ringed Plover download here.

Redshank download here.

Black-headed Gull download here.

Mediterranean Gull download here.

Wheatear download here.

Whimbrel download here.

Golden Plover download here.

A Checklist of the Birds of Rye Harbour can be download here (390KB).

The Annual Reports contain tables of bird breeding numbers and monthly peak counts for many species and can be found here.