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Rye Meads Nature Reserve

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Rye Road | Stanstead Abbotts, Ware SG12 8JS, England
+44 1992 708383
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Peaceful and relaxing

Enjoyed my visit to Rye Meads. Greeted by a friendly volunteer who pointed out the various... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
emuslushy
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London, United Kingdom
Kingfisher Quest Success

My wife and I paid our first visit to Rye Meads Nature Reserve, primarily in the hope of catching a... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
John M
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London, United Kingdom
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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, and regular events, 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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  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
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Rye Road | Stanstead Abbotts, Ware SG12 8JS, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Enjoyed my visit to Rye Meads. Greeted by a friendly volunteer who pointed out the various hides, what was active and the "one way" barrier on the map. Really enjoyed my meander round the reserve and visits to the hides. I did sit in the...More

Thank emuslushy
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I paid our first visit to Rye Meads Nature Reserve, primarily in the hope of catching a glimpse of a Kingfisher. Within five minutes of sitting in the aptly named "Kingfisher Hide" we had our first encounter, we even managed to get...More

Thank John M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our second visit here and we arrived in hope of glimpsing a kingfisher as we had before. Well we were not disappointed. We sat and watched both breeding parents feed, dive, catch fish and coordinate their feeding visits back to the nest. The volunteers on...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

First trip to a place like this so I don't have much to compare it to. I arrived a 9am on a Sunday morning. I was greeted by a friendly volunteer who told me not to expect much from the kingfishers as they were sitting...More

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Reviewed 6 July 2017 via mobile

What a fabulous day my class and I had at rye meads. Emma was superb with a lot of knowledge. Activities were perfect for nursery and reception. I would like to take my daughter back but I'm unsure if you are able to do pond...More

1  Thank vickyizzie
RyeMeads, Visitor Experience Assistant at Rye Meads Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2017

Hello Vicky, thank you for the positive feedback! We're glad everyone had a good time and enjoyed their activities, we try to make sure that the children can engage with nature in a fun and memorable way. We do self-led pond dipping during the summer...More

Reviewed 25 June 2017

Rye Meads Nature Reserve had been recommended to us by friends and while in the area we thought we would pay a visit. From the moment we entered we were warmly greeted, given a map and advised of the best places to go and birds...More

Thank KarenWiles
RyeMeads, Visitor Experience Assistant at Rye Meads Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2017

Hello Karen, and thank you for the generous review! We're glad you had a good experience at the reserve. We hope you'll come back to visit us again soon, there's always lots going on and plenty to see!

Reviewed 20 June 2017

First time there and met by friendly reception who orientated us. Lovely walk around the site with several hides to view the wildlife. Kingfisher hide, alas they were not active with a lot of people waiting in hope. Good variety of birds to view and...More

Thank shark939
RyeMeads, Visitor Experience Assistant at Rye Meads Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2017

Thank you so much for the kind feedback! Sorry you didn't get to the see the Kingfishers, unfortunately they can be very hit and miss at times. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

Reviewed 9 April 2017

A lovely day walking around the RSPB reserve, each of the hides are visited regularly by members of staff so you can ask any questions and they will point out things of interest. the site only charges £3 for car parking so no expense. highlight...More

2  Thank tonynikon
RyeMeads, Visitor Experience Officer at Rye Meads Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 15 April 2017

Glad you had a great day and managed to catch a glimpse of the kingfishers! Hope to see you again soon :)

Reviewed 19 March 2017

We walked the entire circuit which encompasses the RSPB site and the wildlife trust site with a one-way gate half way around. There are 9 hides on the circuit covering a variety of environments. Unfortunately the kingfishers weren't co-operating today but plenty of other birds...More

Thank GandC_UK
Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

Super place to visit with children & there is ample parking. Plenty of hides to watch the Birds from and full of information. The Kingfishers are the highlight & of you walk all the way round it's a good healthy walk too. Volunteers in the...More

Thank Mark B
RyeMeads, Manager at Rye Meads Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 17 February 2017

Glad you had a great day out Mark and welcome back to the RSPB :)

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