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Rye Meads Nature Reserve

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Address: Rye Meads Nature Reserve Rye Road | Stanstead Abbotts, Ware SG12 8JS, England
Phone Number: +44 1992 708383
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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This wetland nature reserve has something to offer everyone and will appeal...

This wetland nature reserve has something to offer everyone and will appeal to families, walkers, birdwatchers and photographers alike. With 8 hides and 3 large lagoons the reserve plays host to a variety of species such as Tufted duck, Common tern, Green sandpiper, Cetti's warbler, Kingfisher, Water vole, Fox, and most recently Black-necked grebe. A great place for children and families with spotter trails, regular events and a monthly wildlife explorer club, but also very popular with birders and people after a relaxing walk or some peace and quiet. The friendly visitor centre offers two classrooms, a bird feeding station, hot and cold drinks and refreshments, and toilet facilities, plus free parking for RSPB members. Opening times are every day from 9 am to 5 pm (or dusk if earlier). Please note that the reserve is closed on Christmas and Boxing Day.

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Amazed at just how big it really is

I was aiming for a walk today and decided as it was a beautiful sunny day I looked up the nature reserve to make sure I knew where it was exactly even though I actually live up... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 April 2016
Spursgirl13
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Hoddesdon, United Kingdom

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Hoddesdon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

I was aiming for a walk today and decided as it was a beautiful sunny day I looked up the nature reserve to make sure I knew where it was exactly even though I actually live up the road from the marshes. I remember going there when at primary school. It is easy to find. The volunteers are really friendly... More 

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Near London
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2016

We have taken our children, aged 5 and 3 to the Explore and Art afternoon a couple of times now and both times they have really enjoyed it. It's a nice mix of outdoor exploration and arts and crafts and the lady who runs it, Tina, is really lovely with all the children. The reserve is very nice and because... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2016 via mobile

I've wanted to see a kingfisher for ages so came to Rye meads went to the kingfisher hide and there it was sitting on a branch. Great if your in to nice quiet walks and a bit of photography. £3 entry if your not a RSPB member free if you are and there's a toll road too on the way... More 

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Hatfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

Such a hidden gem. We were blown away by its beauty. Lovely layout. Every hide has a new vista to enjoy. Great for a rural walk or a twitchers paradise. Allow 2-3 hours . Nice on site shop too.

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Bedfordshire
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2016

I visited the nature reserve on a photographic walkabout and expected a little more than I received. Although the weather was cold but sunny it was a pleasant walk around the reserve but you can't expect too much in early March. However apart from seeing one Kingfisher at a distance there was nothing much else to excite unless you are... More 

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Chatham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2016

I popped in to Rye Mead as I was travelling home from Milton Keynes. I am a RSPB member so it was free entry for me but if you are a non member there is a small car parking charge. The staff were helpful and gave me a map and told me a little about the reserve and what to... More 

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Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2016 via mobile

My partner and I came here for a day out on the way we was unsure as its right by a motorbike track and a sewage works but once your there it's lovely! We like birds and we went as we wanted to see a kingfisher and we wasn't disappointed! we saw at least two of the beautiful, colourful birds... More 

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Essex
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016 via mobile

This place is good for a few hours to keep the kids entertained. Well worth a visit. Kids can go inside as well as explore the outside area. There are birdwatching areas where kids can identify birds that they can see.

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Hoddesdon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2016 via mobile

We all had a really great educational experience visiting the various hides around this very beautiful and peaceful wildlife site. The staff at the centre could not have been more helpful, handing out eye-spy type forms and pencils to the children. I am a RSPB member and so the tour was free but I think members of the public are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2016 via mobile

Went over to Rye Meads with our cameras for a few hours. Great place with really helpful volunteers/staff. Plenty of waterfowl to see this time of year as long as you can tear your eyes away from the sensibly clothed gentlemen indulging in their silent game of my lense is bigger than your lense. Well worth a visit and it's... More 

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